Ionic liquids (ILs) with quaternary ammonium cations combined with biocompatible anions from renewable sources result in low-toxic, biocompatible, cost-efficient sorbent media that can efficiently capture carbon dioxide (CO2). The understanding of the equilibrium and kinetics of CO2absorption in these media is relevant for the design of new absorption processes in many application areas, such as CO2 removal from post-combustion streams, biogas refinery waste gases, or confined spaces. Here CO2absorption in an aqueous solution of cholinium lysinate IL is studied both theoretically, via mechanistic modelling, and experimentally in a membrane contactor operated in closed loop with online pH measurement and attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) analysis of discrete sampling of the circulating aqueous IL solution. It is shown that both techniques are effective tools for CO2quantification in the liquid phase. The IL yields an absorption capacity of 2.20 mol of CO2 per mole of IL for an IL concentration of 2.13 M (or 50 wt% solution). A comprehensive model of chemisorption thermodynamics and absorption dynamics is proposed and validated experimentally. It provides not only the equilibrium constants of the reversible reactions of protonation of the amine groups and bicarbonate binding and overall mass-transfer coefficient based on liquid-phase concentrations, but is also the basis for a chemometric analysis of the experimental ATR-FTIR data. The potential use of ATR-FTIR as a monitoring tool of CO2 in aqueous solutions of cholinium lysinate IL is also demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number127875
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


  • Biocompatible ionic liquid
  • Capture
  • Chemical model
  • Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy


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