Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.582, 631-637, 2021
Facile synthesis of anionic porous organic polymer for ethylene purification
The removal of acetylene from ethylene is of vital significance in the petroleum and chemical industry, the presence of trace acetylene impurities in ethylene polymerization process could lead to the interruption of ethylene polymerization. Herein, we construct a new anionic porous organic polymer using potassium tetraphenylborate via Friedel-Crafts alkylation reaction under mild conditions. The resulting material, APOP, possesses good thermal stability and a decent BET surface area, as exemplified by thermogravimetric analysis measurement and nitrogen gas sorption experiment. Acetylene and ethylene adsorption isotherms reveal that APOP has a higher adsorption capacity of acetylene than that of ethylene under same conditions. Ideal adsorbed solution theory calculations and breakthrough experiments both demonstrate that APOP is capable of selective adsorption of acetylene over ethylene. To the best of our knowledge, APOP represents the first anionic porous organic polymer material capable of selective adsorption of acetylene over ethylene, and the exploration of APOP may provide a new way for these key gas separations using ionic porous organic polymer materials. (c) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.