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Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2011 Sep 14;13(34):15468-75. doi: 10.1039/c1cp20943d. Epub 2011 Aug 1.

Thermodynamics of CO2 adsorption on functionalized SBA-15 silica. NLDFT analysis of surface energetic heterogeneity.

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  • 1J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, v.v.i., Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Dolejškova 3, CZ-182 23 Prague 8, Czech Republic.


Siliceous SBA-15 mesoporous molecular sieves were functionalized with different amounts of 3-aminopropyl-trimethoxysilane. To obtain a more detailed insight into the material properties of the prepared samples, their textural parameters were combined with results of thermal analysis. Adsorption isotherms of carbon dioxide on parent and functionalized SBA-15 were measured in the temperature range from 273 to 333 K. From the temperature dependence of CO(2) isotherms the isosteric adsorption heats of CO(2) were determined and discussed. Information about the surface energetic heterogeneity caused by tethered 3-aminopropyl groups were obtained from CO(2) adsorption energy distributions calculated using the theoretical CO(2) adsorption isotherms derived from the non-local density functional theory. The values of isosteric heats and the energy distributions of CO(2) adsorption detect highly energetic sites and enabled quantification of their concentrations.

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