Chemical immobilization of amino acids into robust metal–organic framework for efficient SO2 removal

Zhenliang Zhu, Peixin Zhang, Bei Li, Shixia Chen, Qiang Deng, Zheling Zeng, Jun Wang, Shuguang Deng

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Adsorptive removal of trace SO2 emissions from flue-gases can significantly reduce energy and water consumption and minimize the amount of unmanageable waste, however, this remains a great challenge. Herein, we report a universal strategy of chemical immobilization of amino acids into a robust metal–organic framework to enhance deep desulfurization. The grafted amino acid resulted in the formation of pores with compatible pore sizes and created abundant N-containing moieties for selective SO2 adsorption. MOF-808-His (His = l-histidine) exhibited a top-ranking SO2 uptake (10.4 mmol g−1) with an excellent SO2/CO2 selectivity (90.5) under ambient conditions; furthermore, MOF-808-His could be easily regenerated. Breakthrough curves verified its excellent separation performances with water vapor and real flue-gas compositions. Computational simulations confirmed the vital role of immobilized amino acids in improving the SO2 capture ability and selectivity. As a proof-of-concept, five natural amino acids were immobilized into MOF-808; all samples displayed improved adsorptive desulfurization performances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere17300
JournalAIChE Journal
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • adsorptive separation
  • amino-acid immobilization
  • deep desulfurization
  • metal–organic frameworks
  • molecular separation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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