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Adsorption of CO2

  1. Apr 18, 2016 #1
    Hello, I am trying to come up with a easy method of determining amount of gas, in this case CO2 adsorbed onto a solid adsorbent. The adsorbent i am going to use is microporous polymer (MP).

    So, if it has to be as simple as it can be, I think I should measure change in weight. At this point I am thinking about using Schlenk flask, in which i would place MP, heat it up and then suck out the air out of the flask and make vacuum. This process should cleanse the MP of any adsorbed air. What I want to do next, is measure weight of clean MP and then fill the flask with CO2, and let it "sit" there for a time in which all surface of MP should be covered in layers of CO2. After this I would once again make vacuum inside of the flask and measure the weight of now occupied MP, then it is just matter of calculations.

    And finally my questions are, could this method work? I am aware that while adding the CO2 I might have it contaminated with air, but would be the contamination insignificant enough to the point I can just not count with it? Also the part of my plan I am not sure is good idea, is when I would try to make vacuum 2nd time to measure the change in weight, because I think that while sucking the air out, a desorption might occure and lead to loss of some adsorbed CO2. Should I rather try to measure the change of pressure to get information on how much CO2 is adsorbed (well, if it could work this way)? Any ideas how to improve this method or just completly forget it find a new way?
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  3. Apr 18, 2016 #2


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    This will be your biggest problem.

    Yes. Look up "gas adsorption experiment" for experimental details, and you might want to look at BET theory and Langmuir theory for the theory behind gas adsorption on a surface.
  4. Apr 26, 2016 #3
    Thanks! I got my hands on very interesting articles about my problems.
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