Metal- And halide-free, solid-state polymeric water vapor sorbents for efficient water-sorption-driven cooling and atmospheric water harvesting
KAUST DepartmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Environmental Science and Engineering Program
Water Desalination and Reuse Center, Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Thuwal 23955-6900 Saudi Arabia
Environmental Science and Engineering
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AbstractMetal- and halide-free, solid-state water vapor sorbents are highly desirable for water-sorption-based applications, because most of the solid sorbents suffer from low water sorption capacity caused by their rigid porosity, while the liquid sorbents are limited by their fluidity and strong corrosivity, which is caused by the halide ions. Herein, we report a novel type of highly efficient and benign polymeric sorbent, which contains no metal or halide, and has an expandable solid state when wet. A group of sorbents are synthesized by polymerizing and crosslinking the metal-free quaternary ammonium monomers followed by an ion-exchange process to replace chloride anions with benign-anions, including acetate, oxalate, and citrate. They show significantly reduced corrosivity and improved water sorption capacity. Importantly, the water sorption capacity of the acetate paired hydrogel is among the best of the literature reported hygroscopic polymers in their pure form, even though the hydrogel is crosslinked. The hydrogel-based sorbents are further used for water-sorption-driven cooling and atmospheric water harvesting applications, which show improved coefficient of performance (COP) and high freshwater production rate, respectively. The results of this work would inspire more research interest in developing better water sorbents and potentially broaden the application horizon of water-sorption-based processes towards the water-energy nexus.
CitationWu, M., Li, R., Shi, Y., Altunkaya, M., Aleid, S., Zhang, C., … Wang, P. (2021). Metal- and halide-free, solid-state polymeric water vapor sorbents for efficient water-sorption-driven cooling and atmospheric water harvesting. Materials Horizons, 8(5), 1518–1527. doi:10.1039/d0mh02051f
SponsorsThis work was supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The authors are grateful to KAUST for very generous financial support. We appreciate Dr Jingyu Liu at the ACL of KAUST for the support of DSC tests. We appreciate Yangyang Xin and Prof. Gilles Lubineau at the COHMAS Laboratory, Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (PSE) of KAUST for the help and support with adhesion performance tests.
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
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