Adsorptive desulfurization of natural gas using lithium-modified mesoporous silica

Anton Koriakin, Yo Han Kim, Chang Ha Lee

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The dynamic adsorption and desorption behaviors of lithium-modified mesoporous silica adsorbents (YSP-Li and MCF-Li) were investigated to remove sulfur compounds from natural gas. A mixture of methane and methyl mercaptan (291 μmol/mol) was used as feed gas. The adsorption capacities were determined from breakthrough experiments conducted at different temperatures and flow rates. The dynamic thermal desorption of both adsorbents was studied by applying stepwise temperature increases using nitrogen or methane. Both adsorbents could easily be regenerated at 100 °C with a purge gas. MCF-Li exhibited stronger adsorption affinity and higher adsorption capacity to methyl mercaptan than YSP-Li even though its surface area and the doping amount of Li were smaller. The desorption from MCF-Li was more affected by the applied purge gas (CH 4 or N 2) than YSP-Li.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14489-14495
Number of pages7
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Nov 7

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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