Complexity behind CO2 capture on NH2-MIL-53(Al)

Eli Stavitski, Evgeny A. Pidko, Sarah Couck, Tom Remy, Emiel J.M. Hensen, Bert M. Weckhuysen, Joeri Denayer, Jorge Gascon*, Freek Kapteijn

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Some Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) show excellent performance in extracting carbon dioxide from different gas mixtures. The origin of their enhanced separation ability is not clear yet. Herein, we present a combined experimental and theoretical study of the amino-functionalized MIL-53(Al) to elucidate the mechanism behind its unusual high efficiency in CO2 capture. Spectroscopic and DFT studies point out only an indirect role of amine moieties. In contrast to other amino-functionalized CO2 sorbents, no chemical bond between CO2 and the NH2 groups of the structure is formed. We demonstrate that the functionalization modulates the "breathing" behavior of the material, that is, the flexibility of the framework and its capacity to alter the structure upon the introduction of specific adsorbates. The absence of strong chemical interactions with CO 2 is of high importance for the overall performance of the adsorbent, since full regeneration can be achieved within minutes under very mild conditions, demonstrating the high potential of this type of adsorbents for PSA like systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3970-3976
Number of pages7
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 5 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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