Geopolymer-zeolite composites for CO2 adsorption

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May 27-June 1, 2018


Geopolymer-zeolite composites were produced mixing different geopolymer matrices with a synthetic commercial Na13X zeolite, to combine the functional microporosity of the zeolite with the mesoporosity of the geopolymer matrix, with the further possibility to consolidate the zeolite powder.

The new materials were designed and produced in forms of monoliths to be used as adsorbents for low temperature CO2 capture applications.

A potassium or sodium silicate activating solution was used to produce the metakaolin-based geopolymer matrices, then mixed with the synthetic zeolite used as a filler. As geopolymers can be regarded as the amorphous counterpart or precursor of crystalline zeolites, it is important to underline the chemical affinity between these two constituents. As a matter of fact, the morphological characterization evidenced the presence of geopolymer nanoprecipitates covering zeolite particles for the K-based composite, while in the Na-based composite the formation of a NaA zeolite phase was evidenced (Fig. 1).

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