Chemical Engineering & Technology, Vol.44, No.1, 48-57, 2021
Effects of Graphene Oxide Nanosheets and Al2O3 Nanoparticles on CO2 Uptake in Semi-clathrate Hydrates
Gas hydrate/clathrate hydrate formation is an innovative method to trap CO2 into hydrate cages under appropriate thermodynamic and/or kinetic conditions. Due to their excellent surface properties, nanoparticles can be utilized as hydrate kinetic promoters. Here, the kinetics of the CO2 + tetra-n-butyl ammonium bromide (TBAB) semi-clathrate hydrates system in the presence of two distinct nanofluid suspensions containing graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and Al2O3 nanoparticles is evaluated. The results reveal that the kinetics of hydrate formation is inhibited by increasing the weight fraction of TBAB in aqueous solution. GO and Al2O3 are the most effective kinetic promoters for hydrates of (CO2 + TBAB). Furthermore, the aqueous solutions of TBAB + GO or Al2O3 noticeably increase the storage capacity compared to TBAB aqueous solution systems.