Quantifying nitrogen effect on CO2 capture using isoporous network polymers
byT. S. Nguyen, C. T. Yavuz
The impact of nitrogen atoms on CO2 binding was evaluated for two isostructural porous bisimidazole-linked polymers (BILPs), which serendipitously had identical surface areas and pore size distributions, a very rare observation. The two structures differ only in the core of the trialdehyde component, the nitrogen atom (BILP-19) versus benzene ring (BILP-5). Such a slight difference, however, has brought about a stronger CO2 capture capacity of BILP-19 and hence increased CO2/N2 separation capability.