Effect of the Presence of MEA on the CO2 Capture Ability of Superbase Ionic Liquids

Corina McCrellis, Rebecca Taylor, Johan Jacquemin, Christopher Hardacre

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    The miscibility of monoethanolamine (MEA) in five superbase ionic liquids (ILs), namely the trihexyl-tetradecylphosphonium benzotriazolide ([P66614][Bentriz]), trihexyl-tetradecylphosphonium benzimidazolide ([P66614][Benzim]), trihexyl-tetradecylphosphonium 1,2,3-triazolide ([P66614][123Triz]), trihexyl-tetradecylphosphonium 1,2,4-triazolide ([P66614][124Triz]), and trihexyl-tetradecylphosphonium imidazolide ([P66614][Im]) was determined at 295.15 K using 1H NMR spectroscopy. The solubility of carbon dioxide (CO2) in equimolar (IL + MEA) mixtures was then studied experimentally using a gravimetric technique at 295.15 K and 0.1 MPa. The effect of MEA on the CO2 capture ability of these ILs was investigated together with the viscosity of these systems in the presence or absence of CO2 to evaluate their practical application in CO2 capture processes. The effect of the presence of MEA on the rate of CO2 uptake was also studied. The study showed that the MEA can enhance CO2 absorption over the ideal values in the case of [P66614][123Triz] and [P66614][Bentriz] while in the other systems the mixtures behave ideally. A comparison of the effect of MEA addition with the addition of water to these superbase ILs showed that similar trends were observed in each case for the individual ILs studied.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1092-1100
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Chemical & Engineering Data
    Issue number3
    Early online date11 Feb 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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