Hydrogen sulfide removal from low concentration gas streams using metal supported mesoporous silica SBA-15 adsorbent

Gwan Hong Min, Hyung Jin Park, Umair H. Bhatti, Jong Tak Jang, Il Hyun Baek, Sung Chan Nam*

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The removal of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from gas mixtures is paramount as it can cause environmental damage, corrosion, and catalyst poisoning even at low concentration levels (100–200 mg/L). In this work, a series of Fe-Cu oxides supported SBA-15 materials were prepared using the wet incipient impregnation method with different Fe and Cu atomic ratios to evaluate the H2S removal performance. It was found that the H2S adsorption capacity generally increases with an increase in the CuO loading, with a Cu-Fe atomic ratio of 1.0:0.3 displaying the highest breakthrough H2S adsorption capacity of 74.08 mg H2S/g-sorbent. Through the XPS results, the adsorbent existed in the form of sulfate, sulfide, and elemental sulfur after reacting with H2S. In particular, it was confirmed that Fe2O3 helps to improve the H2S removal performance by creating an alkaline environment. The material with superior performance showed high capacity at low concentration compared to several published reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number112763
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
StatePublished - Dec 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) of the Republic of Korea (No. 20212010100050 ).

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  • Bimetallic adsorbent
  • Breakthrough capacity
  • HS removal
  • Mesoporous silica
  • Physicochemical property

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials


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