Investigation of CO2 solubility in monoethanolamine hydrochloride based deep eutectic solvents and physical properties measurements

Khatereh Ali Pishro, Ghulam Murshid*, Farouk Mjalli, Jamil Naser

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Deep eutectic solvents (DESs) have drawn a growing research interest for applications in a wide range of scientific and industrial arenas. However, a limited effort has been reported in the area of gas separation processes and particularly the carbon dioxide capture. This study introduces a novel set of DESs that were prepared by complexing ethylenediamine (EDA), monoethanolamine (MEA), tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA), triethylenetetramine (TETA) and diethylenetriamine (DETA) as hydrogen bond donors to monoethanolamide hydrochloride (EAHC) salt as a hydrogen bond acceptor. The absorption capacity of CO2 was evaluated by exploiting a method based on measuring the pressure drop during the absorption process. The solubility of different DESs was studied at a temperature of 313.15 K and initial pressure of 0.8 MPa. The DES systems 1EAHC:9DETA, 1EAHC:9TETA and 1EAHC:9TEPA achieved the highest CO2 solubility of 0.6611, 0.6572 and 0.7017 mol CO2·(mole DES)−1 respectively. The results showed that CO2 solubility in the DESs increased with increasing the molar ratio of hydrogen bond donor. In addition, the CO2 solubility increased as the number of amine groups in the solvent increases, therefore, increasing the alkyl chain length in the DESs, resulted in increasing the CO2 solubility. FTIR analysis confirms the DES synthesis since no new functional group was identified. The FTIR spectra also revealed the carbamate formation in DES-CO2 mixtures. In addition, the densities and viscosities of the synthesized DESs were also measured. The CO2 initial investigation of reported DESs shows that these can be potential alternative for conventional solvents in CO2 capture processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2848-2856
Number of pages9
JournalChinese Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • CO solubility
  • Deep eutectic solvents
  • Density
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Viscosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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