Design Strategies for Adsorbents with Optimal Propylene/propane Adsorptive Separation Performances

Tea Hoon Kim, Seung Joon Lee, Seo Yul Kim, Ah Reum Kim, Youn Sang Bae

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An efficient propylene/propane separation technology is needed to obtain high-purity propylene, which is a raw material for polypropylene synthesis. Since conventional cryogenic distillation is an energy-intensive process due to the similar physicochemical properties of propylene and propane, adsorptive separation has gained considerable interest. In this study, we have computationally investigated the changes in adsorption separation performances by arbitrarily controlling the adsorption strength of open metal sites in two different types of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Through the evaluation of adsorptive separation performances in terms of working capacity, selectivity, and Adsorption Figure of Merit (AFM), we have suggested proper density and strength of adsorption sites as well as appropriate temperature condition to obtain optimal propylene/propane adsorptive separation performances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-491
Number of pages8
JournalKorean Chemical Engineering Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by “Next Generation Carbon Upcycling Project” (Project No. 2017M1A2A2043449) through the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT, Republic of Korea.

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© 2019 Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers. All rights reserved.

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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