CIESC Journal ›› 2019, Vol. 70 ›› Issue (3): 791-800.doi: 10.11949/j.issn.0438-1157.20181067

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Applications and perspectives of NH3 separation and recovery with ionic liquids

Shaojuan ZENG1(),Dawei SHANG1,Min YU1,2,Hao CHEN3,Haifeng DONG1,Xiangping ZHANG1()   

  1. 1. Beijing Key Laboratory of Ionic Liquids Clean Process, State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Complex Systems, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
    2. School of Chemical Engineering and Energy, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001, Henan, China
    3. Zhengzhou Institute of Emerging Industrial Technology, Zhengzhou 450001, Henan, China
  • Received:2018-09-25 Revised:2018-12-07 Online:2019-03-05 Published:2018-12-07
  • Contact: Xiangping ZHANG;


As one of the typical alkaline and poisonous pollutants, ammonia (NH3) is widely considered as a primary factor for the formation of fog and haze, which has caused a wide range of environmental problems and serious harm to human health. The traditional technologies for NH3 separation, like water scrubbing and acid scrubbing, have been applied in industries. However, some inherent drawbacks, such as severe corrosion, heavy pollution, high energy consumption, and hard to recover NH3 resources come with yet. Ionic liquids (ILs) provide a novel way for efficient and energy-saving separation of NH3 owing to their extremely low vapour pressure, good chemical/thermal stability and tuneable acidity and alkalinity. In this review, the recent advances on conventional ILs, functionalized ILs and IL-based solvents and materials for NH3 absorption/adsorption have been overviewed. The NH3 absorption capacities in different ILs were summarized and the effect of cations, anions and functional groups on NH3 absorption and the mechanisms have been discussed, and the research and development trend of this direction are discussed.

Key words: ionic liquids, NH3, absorption, separation, absorption mechanism

CLC Number: 

  • TQ 530.11


Structures of cations and anions of ILs for NH3 absorption"


Effect of anions on NH3 solubility[16] (copyright 2009 John Wiley and Sons)"


Interactions and molecular dynamics simulations between NH3 and [Emim][NTf2][16](copyright 2009 John Wiley and Sons)"


Predicted Henry’s law constants (MPa) of NH3 in 272 ILs at 25℃ calculated by COSMO-RS[31] (copyright 2011 Elservier)"


NH3 solubility and apparent diffusion coefficients in hydroxyl ILs at 20℃ and atmospheric pressure[33] (copyright 2012 Elservier)"


Optimized structures and interaction energies for [EOHmim]+-NH3 (A and B) and [Emim]+ -NH 3 (C and D) systems[38] (O, red; N, blue; H, white; C, gray) (copyright 2015 Royal Society of Chemistry)"


Possible mechanism of NH3 absorption by [Bim][NTf2][40] (copyright 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry)"


NH3 absorption in [Cnmim]2[Co(NCS)4] and [Cnmim][SCN] at 30℃ and 101 kPa[44] (copyright 2015 Royal Society of Chemistry)"

Table 1

NH3 capacities of different ionic liquids reported in literatures"

/(mol NH3?(mol absorbent)-1)/(g NH3?(g absorbent)-1)
ChCl/Res/Gly (1∶3∶5)401010.130[48]


SEM images of carbon submicrocapsules (a), TEM images of carbon submicrocapsules (b) and [EtOHmim][BF4]-based ENILs (c) [49] (copyright 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry)"

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