Polyethylenimine-impregnated mesoporous silica: Effect of amine loading and surface alkyl chains on CO2 adsorption

Aliakbar Heydari-Gorji, Youssef Belmabkhout, Abdelhamid Sayari*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

308 Scopus citations


Poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) supported on pore-expanded MCM-41 whose surface is covered with a layer of long-alkyl chains was found to be a more efficient CO2 adsorbent than PEI supported on the corresponding calcined silica and all PEI-impregnated materials reported in the literature. The layer of surface alkyl chains plays an important role in enhancing the dispersion of PEI, thus decreasing the diffusion resistance. It was also found that at low temperature, adsorbents with relatively low PEI contents are more efficient than their highly loaded counterparts because of the increased adsorption rate. Extensive CO2 adsorption-desorption cycling showed that the use of humidified feed and purge gases affords materials with enhanced stability, despite limited loss due to amine evaporation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12411-12416
Number of pages6
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 18 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


Dive into the research topics of 'Polyethylenimine-impregnated mesoporous silica: Effect of amine loading and surface alkyl chains on CO2 adsorption'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this