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Adsorptive interaction between typical VOCs and various topological zeolites: Mixture effect and mechanism

Hong He , Bo Yu , Hua Deng , Yuqin Lu , Tingting Pan , Wenpo Shan


Received November 28, 2022,Revised , Accepted February 09, 2023, Available online February 18, 2023

Volume 36,2024,Pages 626-636

Adsorption is one of the most feasible and effective methods to alleviate the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) pollution. However, the mixture effect and mechanism for competitive adsorption of VOCs on zeolites are barely addressed. In this study, toluene, acetone, and ethyl acetate as prevalent VOCs species were removed by four potential zeolites (13X, USY, Beta, ZSM-5) in both single- and multi-component systems. The structure-property relationship between adsorbate-adsorbent pairs was revealed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometer, X-ray fluorescence, N2 adsorption and density function theory calculation. The molecular polarity and volatility of VOCs species played key roles in adsorption and the dynamic uptakes were generally listed as follows: ethyl acetate > toluene > acetone. As for the above VOCs mixtures, 13X zeolite selectively adsorbed oxygenated VOCs rather than toluene. In contrast, USY exhibited a preference to trap toluene. Ethyl acetate could be readily enriched by ZSM-5 and Beta selectively. The possible explanations and implications are discussed based on the subtle change in electron density. The results obtained are vital for understanding the mixture effect of VOCs adsorption and may guide the selection of proper adsorbent for real applications.

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