A comprehensive study of CO2 absorption and desorption by choline-chloride/levulinic-acid-based deep eutectic solvents

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Amine absorption (or amine scrubbing) is currently the most established method for CO capture; however, it has environmental shortcomings and is energy-intensive. Deep eutectic solvents (DESs) are an interesting alternative to conventional amines. Due to their biodegradability, lower toxicity and lower prices, DESs are considered to be "more benign" absorbents for CO capture than ionic liquids. In this work, the CO absorption capacity of choline-chloride/levulinic-acid-based (ChCl:LvAc) DESs was measured at different temperatures, pressures and stirring speeds using a vapour-liquid equilibrium rig. DES regeneration was performed using a heat treatment method. The DES compositions studied had ChCl:LvAc molar ratios of 1:2 and 1:3 and water contents of 0, 2.5 and 5 mol%. The experimental results showed that the CO absorption capacity of the ChCl:LvAc DESs is strongly affected by the operating pressure and stirring speed, moderately affected by the temperature and minimally affected by the hydrogen bond acceptor (HBA):hydrogen bond donator (HBD) molar ratio as well as water content. Thermodynamic properties for CO absorption were calculated from the experimental data. The regeneration of the DESs was performed at different temperatures, with the optimal regeneration temperature estimated to be 80 °C. The DESs exhibited good recyclability and moderate CO /N selectivity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5595
Number of pages20
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2021


  • deep eutectic solvents
  • choline chloride
  • levulinic acid
  • CO2 absorption
  • DES regeneration
  • carbon capture
  • green absorbents

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