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Title: Thermodynamic and mass transfer modeling of carbon dioxide absorption into aqueous 2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol

Explanations for the mass transfer behavior of 2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol (AMP) are conflicting, despite extensive study of the amine for CO 2 capture. At equilibrium, aqueous AMP reacts with CO 2 to give bicarbonate in a 1:1 ratio. While this is the same stoichiometry as a tertiary amine, the reaction rate of AMP is 100 times faster. This work aims to explain the mass transfer behavior of AMP, specifically the stoichiometry and kinetics. An eNRTL thermodynamic model was used to regress wetted-wall column mass transfer data with two activity-based reactions: formation of carbamate and formation of bicarbonate. Data spanned 40–100 C and 0.15–0.60 mol CO 2/mol alk). The fitted carbamate rate constant is three orders of magnitude greater than the bicarbonate rate constant. Rapid carbamate formation explains the kinetics, while the stoichiometry is explained by the carbamate reverting in the bulk liquid to allow CO 2 to form bicarbonate. Understanding the role of carbamate formation and diffusion in hindered amines enables optimizing solvent amine concentration by balancing viscosity and free amine concentration. Furthermore, this improves absorber design for CO 2 capture.
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  1. The Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (United States)
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Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
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Journal Name: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research; Journal ID: ISSN 0888-5885
American Chemical Society (ACS)
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The Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (United States)
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United States
20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; CO2 capture; separations; amine scrubbing; hindered amine; carbamate stability
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