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Adsorption characteristics of light gases on basalt rock-based zeolite 4A

Authors
  • Hwang, Kyung-Jun1
  • Hwang, Min Jin2
  • Balathanigaimani, M. S.3
  • Nwe, Kathy1
  • Youn, Yongjoon1
  • Choi, Won-Seok4
  • Kim, Hyun-A5
  • Nah, Jae Woon6
  • Shim, Wang Geun6
  • 1 NanoSD Inc, 11575 Sorrento Valley Rd, San Diego, CA, 92121, USA , San Diego (United States)
  • 2 Chonnam National University, Department of Environmental System Engineering, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, 59626, Republic of Korea , Yeosu-si (South Korea)
  • 3 Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, Jais, Uttar Pradesh, 229304, India , Jais (India)
  • 4 Cheorwon Plasma Research Institute, Plasma Application R&D Division, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do, 24047, Republic of Korea , Cheorwon-gun (South Korea)
  • 5 Korea Conformity Laboratories, Reliability Center, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 34027, Republic of Korea , Daejeon (South Korea)
  • 6 Sunchon National University, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do, 57922, Republic of Korea , Suncheon-si (South Korea)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Adsorption
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Apr 16, 2019
Volume
25
Issue
4
Pages
833–842
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10450-019-00086-6
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The adsorption characteristics of light gases on basalt rock-based zeolite 4A (BR zeolite-4A) were systematically investigated to evaluate its potential application as an alternative adsorbent for adsorption-based separation processes. We used alkali fusion and hydrothermal procedure to prepare the nanostructured adsorbent, BR zeolite-4A, which was characterized with field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and carbon dioxide adsorption apparatus. The single component adsorption equilibrium for CO2, CH4, N2 and H2 on the BR zeolite-4A was volumetrically determined using a nanoPOROSITY adsorption analyzer at the temperature range from (288.15 to 308.15) K and pressure range from (0.1 to 110) kPa. The experimental results indicate that BR zeolite-4A showed higher adsorption capacities for CO2 compared to other light gases, indicating the suitable porous material for selective separation by adsorption. Three different isotherm equations, Langmuir, Toth, and Sips, were used to correlate the adsorption isotherm data and the most reasonable results obtained from the Sips model irrespective of the adsorption isotherm types. Isosteric heat of adsorption and adsorption energy distribution function values were calculated and used to further examine the surface energetic heterogeneity of BR zeolite-4A. The pure component adsorption isotherm results were also used to predict the adsorption selectivity for CO2/N2, CO2/CH4, CO2/H2, and CH4/H2 binary mixtures (50:50) at different pressure ranges using ideal adsorbed solution theory.

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