Aminopropyltriethoxysilane functionalized MCM-41 and SBA-15 nanostructured materials for carbon dioxide adsorption

Marcela Nascimento Barbosa, Maria José Fonseca Costa, Maricele Nascimento Barbosa, Valter José Fernandes Júnior, Giancarlo Richard Salazar-Banda, Álvaro Reyes-Carmona, Enrique Rodríguez-Castellón, Antonio Souza Araujo


The design of effective CO2 capture materials is a current challenge. Here, we report the synthesis of aminosilanes-functionalized MCM-41 and SBA-15 materials with high efficiency toward carbon dioxide adsorption. The functionalization of the mesoporous silicas involves a post-synthesis method by impregnation with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane. The carbon dioxide adsorption capacities for the samples were carried out under ambient pressures. The results evidenced that aminosilanes with a terminal amine were functionalized through covalent coupling of this group onto the channels' surface in the ordered mesoporous silica. It means that the amine is anchored on the surface of the largest pores of the MCM-41 and SBA-15 supports. The Lagergren kinetic model evidenced the enhanced carbon dioxide adsorption capacity and stability of the functionalized ordered mesoporous molecular sieves.

Keywords: 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane; Carbon dioxide; Functionalization; MCM-41; SBA-15.

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