Multiscale investigation of adsorption properties of novel 3D printed UTSA-16 structures

Carlos A. Grande, Richard Blom, Vesna Middelkoop, Dorota Matras, Antonis Vamvakeros, Simon D.M. Jacques, Andrew M. Beale, Marco Di Michiel, Kari Anne Andreassen, Aud M. Bouzga

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Structuring MOF materials is a fundamental step towards their commercialization. Herein we report intensive characterization of 3D-printed UTSA-16 monoliths, facilitated by the development of a new non-aqueous ink formulation, employing hydroxypropyl cellulose and boehmite to adjust the rheology of the ink. What makes this formulation and printing process different from the printed adsorbents and catalysts published previously, is that the resulting structures in this work were not sintered. The presence of the binder matrix not only produced the physical properties for printability but also ensured a homogeneous dispersion of UTSA-16 in the structures, as well as gas adsorption characteristics. The monoliths were tested for the adsorption of different gases (N2, CH4, CO2 and H2O) in order to apply them into separation processes that contribute to defossilizing energy and fuels production. Water is strongly adsorbed in this material (~14 mol/kg at 293 K) and is competing with CO2 for adsorption sites. Breakthrough curves showed that the retention time of CO2 decreases significantly when the feed stream is saturated with water. In this study, synchrotron XRD-CT data were collected in situ, in a non-destructive way, and phase distribution maps were reconstructed to, for the first time, gain insight into the spatial and temporal evolution of the UTSA-16 containing phases in the operating 3D printed monolith during the exposure to CO2.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
StatePublished - Dec 15 2020
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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