Advances on CO2 storage. Synthetic porous solids, mineralization and alternative solutions

Ayalew H. Assen, Youssef BELMABKHOUT, Karim Adil, Adil Lachehab, Hicham Hassoune, Himanshu Aggarwal

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Carbon Dioxide (CO2), produced naturally, is the primary carbon source for life on Earth. In the pre-industrial period, it was regulated by photosynthetic organisms and geological phenomena. The increasingly growing industrial CO2 emissions drive the research and development aiming at discovering new approaches to capture the bulk of CO2 emissions from different sources and further (i) sequester it at different storage sites, (ii) use it in different sectors for production of valuable commodities. In a perspective view aiming to exploit the enriched CO2, it is sometimes mandatory to store it temporarily in pure or likely pure gas form, before performing another purification or use cycle. In this review, we give an overview about the adsorbed-phase CO2 storage as a critical or complementary step, in the expected future deployment of carbon-friendly processes and cost-efficient disruptive technologies, not related to the commonly debated Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). From the research and development perspectives, we link the properties of existing storage agents to their associated performances and we review all the potential materials to achieve high volumetric and gravimetric CO2 loading. We analyze the CO2 storage performances of different solid-state materials and we put into perspective the importance of implementing CO2 storage media and carriers for different practical uses.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129569
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
StatePublished - Apr 10 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-06-15
Acknowledgements: Y.B and A.A acknowledge the financial support of Mohammed VI polytechnic University. We are grateful to Prof Kuo-Wei Huang, professor of Chemical Sciences at King Abdullah University of Science and technology, for his extremely valuable contribution and kind guidance in writing Section 5.1 and for inspiring discussion that led to the idealization of this review project.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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