Non-Porous versus Mesoporous Siliceous Materials for CO2 Capture

Chiara Vittoni, Giorgio Gatti, Geo Paul, Enzo Mangano, Stefano Brandani, Chiara Bisio*, Leonardo Marchese

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In this study, the adsorption properties of a Stöber silica-based material towards CO2 were evaluated for the first time. The use of Stöber silica as support is interesting for real technological applications mainly due to economic factors. Furthermore, a direct comparison between the non porous Stöber sample with an ordered porous material (based on MCM-41 silica) allowed to evaluate the effect of the porosity on the CO2 adsorption properties. In order to make silica materials reactive towards CO2, they were functionalized by introducing amino groups via grafting of 3-[2-(2-aminoethyl)aminoethyl]aminopropyltrimethoxysilane. After a qualitative study of the CO2 adsorption, the quantitative determination of CO2 adsorption capacity at 35 °C revealed that the mesoporous material is more efficient compared to the Stöber-based one (adsorption capacity values of 0.49 and 0.58 mol/kg for Stöber-based and mesoporous samples). However, since the difference in the adsorption capacity is only about 15 % and the Stöber-based sample is considerably cheaper, the non-porous sample should be considered as a favourable adsorbent material for CO2 capture applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-727
Number of pages9
Issue number6
Early online date27 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


  • CO Adsorption
  • hybrid materials
  • silica materials
  • ss-NMR
  • Stöber silica


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