Functionalization of Silica SBA-15 with [3-(2-Aminoethylamino)Propyl] Trimethoxysilane in Supercritical CO2 Modified with Methanol or Ethanol for Carbon Capture

Yolanda Sánchez-Vicente*, Lee Stevens, Concepción Pando, Albertina Cabañas

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The CO2 adsorption process using amine-grafted silica is a promising technology for reducing the CO2 emissions from the power and industry sectors. In this work, silica SBA-15 was functionalized using [3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyl] trimethoxysilane (AEAPTS) in supercritical CO2 (scCO2) modified with 10% mol methanol or ethanol. The functionalization experiments were carried out at 323 K and 12.5 MPa, and with reaction times of 2 and 3 h. The molar fraction of AEAPTS in scCO2 plus 10% mol alcohol ranged from 0.5 × 10−3 to 1.8 × 10−3. It was found that as the molar fraction of AEAPTS increased, the amino-grafting density steadily rose, and the pore volume, surface area and pore size of the functionalized silica SBA-15 also decreased gradually. The scCO2 functionalization method was compared to the traditional toluene method. The diamine-SBA-15 prepared in the scCO2 process shows a slightly lower amine-grafting density but a higher surface area and pore volume than the ones obtained using the traditional method. Finally, the excess CO2 adsorption capacity of the materials at different temperatures and low pressure was measured. The diamine-silica SBA-15 displayed moderate excess CO2 adsorption capacities, 0.7–0.9 mmol∙g−1, but higher amine efficiency, ca. 0.4, at 298 K, due to the chemisorption of CO2. These findings show that diamine-grafted silica for post-combustion capture or direct air capture can be obtained using a media more sustainable than organic solvents.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5804
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2020


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