|Title||Enhanced CO2 Solubility in Hybrid MCM-41: Molecular Simulations and Experiments|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Ho LNgoc, Pellitero JPerez, Porcheron F, Pellenq RJean-Marc|
|Pagination||8187 - 8197|
Grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations are performed in a hybrid adsorbent model in order to interpret the CO2 solubility behavior. The hybrid adsorbent is prepared by confining a physical solvent (OMCTS) into the pores of a mimetic MCM-41 solid support. As a result, simulated adsorption isotherms of CO2 nicely match the experimental data for three distinctive systems: bulk solvent, raw MCM-41, and hybrid MCM-41. The microscopic mechanisms underlying the apparition of enhanced solubility are then clearly identified. In fact, the presence of solvent molecules favors the layering of CO2 molecules within the pores; therefore, the CO2 solubility in the hybrid adsorbent markedly increases in comparison to that found in the raw adsorbent as well as in the bulk solvent. In addition, a good understanding of confined solvents’ properties and solid surface structures is essential to fully evaluate the efficiency of hybrid adsorbents in capturing CO2. The sorbent–solid interactions along with the solvent molecular size’s impact on CO2 solubility are therefore investigated in this study. We found that an ideal hybrid system should possess a weak solvent–solid interaction but a strong solvent–CO2 interaction. Besides, an optimal solvent size is obtained for the enhanced CO2 solubility in the hybrid system. According to the simulation results, the solvent layer builds pseudomicropores inside the mesoporous MCM-41, enabling more CO2 molecules to be absorbed under the greater influence of spatial confinement and surface interaction. In addition, the molecular sieving effect is clearly observed in the case of larger solvent molecular sizes.