Study on the absorbability, regeneration characteristics and thermal stability of ionic liquids for VOCs removal

Title: Study on the absorbability, regeneration characteristics and thermal stability of ionic liquids for VOCs removal
Authors: Wang, W
Ma, X
Grimes, S
Cai, H
Zhang, M
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: A novel method of removal of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) using the ionic liquid [Bmim][NTf2] as an absorbent is developed as a contribution to dealing with recent severe smog incidents in China. The effects of concentration, temperature and flow rates on the ability of [Bmim][NTf2] to absorb VOCs were studied using toluene as a model volatile organic pollutant. The potential of the use of [Bmim][NTf2] as an absorbent for VOCs is shown by the solubility of toluene in the ionic liquid; the absorptivity of the ionic liquid for toluene; and the fact that absorbed toluene can be removed easily from [Bmim][NTf2], permitting recycle of the ionic liquid in multiple reuse phases. The solubility of toluene in [Bmim][NTf2] is 61.5% at 20 °C and atmospheric pressure; the highest absorptivity of [Bmim][NTf2] for toluene is 98.3%, achieved at a toluene concentration of 300 ppm and a flow rate of 50 mL min−1 at 20 °C; and the absorptivity of the ionic liquid is >94% over a wide range of conditions. The ionic liquid can be recovered and recycled in the absorption process at least five times, reducing the reagent cost in the VOC removal process.
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2017
Date of Acceptance: 29-Jun-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/49566
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2017.06.178
ISSN: 1385-8947
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 353
End Page: 353
Journal / Book Title: Chemical Engineering Journal
Volume: 328
Copyright Statement: © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. This manuscript is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: 0904 Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering



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