Activated carbon-supported CuO nanoparticles: a hybrid material for carbon dioxide adsorption

Boruban C., Nalbant Esentürk E.

JOURNAL OF NANOPARTICLE RESEARCH, vol.20, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11051-018-4139-0
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: Copper oxide nanoparticle, Activated carbon, Carbon dioxide adsorption, CO2 nostructured sorbents, CO2 CAPTURE, OXIDE NANOPARTICLES, COPPER, ENERGY, CU2O
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Activated carbon-supported copper(II) oxide (CuO) nanoparticles were synthesized by simple impregnation method to improve carbon dioxide (CO2) adsorption capacity of the support. The structural and chemical properties of the hybrid material were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Xray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analyses. The analyses showed that CuO nanoparticles are well-distributed on the activated carbon surface. The CO2 adsorption behavior of the activated carbon-supported CuO nanoparticles was observed by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), temperature programmed desorption (TPD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and BETanalyses. The results showed that CuO nanoparticle loading on activated carbon led to about 70 % increase in CO2 adsorption capacity of activated carbon under standard conditions (1 atm and 298 K). The main contributor to the observed increase is an improvement in chemical adsorption of CO2 due to the presence of CuO nanoparticles on activated carbon.