Kinetics of reaction between CO2 and ionic liquid-carbon dioxide binding organic liquid hybrid systems: Analysis of gas-liquid absorption and stopped flow experiments


CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, vol.170, pp.36-47, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 170
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ces.2017.01.051
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.36-47
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


It is generally accepted that CO2 emissions from point sources - such as thermal power plants - can be controlled by gas-liquid absorption where the process is intensified significantly by introducing a reactant into solvent. In this work, blends of 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium bis (trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide ([emim][Tf2N]) with 1,8-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene (DBU) (or 1,1,3,3-tetramethylguanidine (TMG)) in 1-hexanol were studied. Gas absorption experiments were carried out in a gas-liquid mini reactor for the hybrid systems containing different weight concentrations of organic bases while keeping the ionic-liquid weight percentage constant. Total amount of absorbed CO2 was measured as function of time and the absorption (or loading) capacities and the initial absorption rates have been obtained at 313 K. It was found that increasing the amount of the organic base increased the loading capacity of CO2. Also, reusability and performance loss of hybrid solutions were investigated by using Fourier transform infrared spectrometry under sequential absorption-desorption cycles. The intrinsic reaction rates were measured in a stopped flow equipment for a temperature range of 283-303 K. The empirical power law reaction orders with respect to DBU and TMG were found to be between 1.0 and 2.0 at different temperatures and the kinetic data could be interpreted satisfactorily by a modified termolecular reaction mechanism.