Solubility of CO2 in aqueous potassium L-prolinate solutions - absorber conditions

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The solubility of CO2 in aqueous potassium salt of l-proline solutions has been measured in the temperature range of 285 and 323 K, for amino acid salt concentrations of 0.5, 1, 2 and 3 mol dm−3 and CO2 partial pressures relevant to flue gas conditions, and up to 70 kPa. Precipitation was encountered in the system when absorbing CO2 in 3 mol dm−3 potassium l-prolinate solution at 285 K. A beneficial effect of the solid formation on the overall CO2 solubility was observed. The vapor–liquid equilibrium data from the present work (for the non-precipitating regime) were interpreted by a concentration-based chemical equilibrium model. In spite of numerical simplicity of the model, a reasonable good description of the CO2–AAS–H2O systems could be observed. In the absence of literature data on equilibrium constant of the carbamate hydrolysis for l-prolinate, this parameter was calculated from the equilibrium CO2 solubility data. In addition, the enthalpy of absorption of CO2 in l-prolinate solutions was estimated using the solubility data, compared to that of monoethanolamine (MEA) and other common CO2 absorbents. Potassium salt of l-proline was found to be a promising candidate for CO2 capture
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)35-44
Number of pages10
JournalChemical engineering science
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • IR-81758
  • METIS-288379

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