Importance of Micropore-Mesopore Interfaces in Carbon Dioxide Capture by Carbon-Based Materials

Gema Durá, Vitaliy L. Budarin, José A. Castro-Osma, Peter S. Shuttleworth, Sophie C Z Quek, James H. Clark*, Michael North

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Mesoporous carbonaceous materials (Starbons®) derived from low-value/waste bio-resources separate CO2 from CO2/N2 mixtures. Compared to Norit activated charcoal (AC), Starbons® have much lower microporosities (8-32% versus 73%) yet adsorb up to 65% more CO2. The presence of interconnected micropores and mesopores is responsible for the enhanced CO2 adsorption. The Starbons® also showed three-four times higher selectivity for CO2 adsorption rather than N2 adsorption compared to AC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9173-9177
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number32
Early online date23 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016

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  • Adsorption
  • Carbon dioxide capture
  • Carbon materials
  • Mesoporous materials
  • Separation

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