Intensification of CO2 capture processes using microwave heating

Claudia Fernandez Martin, Martin Sweatman, Stefano Brandani, Xianfeng Fan (Collaborator)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution


This work presents the study of the interaction of microwaves with commercial CO2 and water adsorbents, and the identification of the potential benefits of the microwave technology as a source of heat to be implemented for post-combustion carbon capture by means of thermal-swing adsorption. Experimental results on microwave swing regeneration for both, CO2 and water-loaded adsorbents (13X zeolite, micro and mesoporous commercial silica gel (FS), and activated alumina (F-200)) are discussed along this work. Results were evaluated based on the heating rate of materials after their exposure to microwaves, the resultant adsorbate desorption, and the specific regeneration energy. It was found that 13X zeolite is a strong microwave absorber, which has the ability to increase the temperature in a matter of seconds when moisten, dry or loaded with CO2, and exposed to microwaves. The complete regeneration of CO2 from 13X was achieved after 8 min under a controlled microwave heating at 140°C.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3rd Global Congress on Microwave Energy Applications
Subtitle of host publicationBook of Abstracts
EditorsJosé Fayos Fernández , Juan Monzó Cabrera
Place of PublicationSpain
PublisherPolytechnic University of Cartagena
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-16325-21-4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2016
Event3rd Global Congress on Microwave applications - Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Cartagena, Spain
Duration: 25 Jul 201629 Jul 2016


Conference3rd Global Congress on Microwave applications
Abbreviated title3rd GCMEA
Internet address

Bibliographical note

Third Global Congress on Microwave Energy Applications, Technical University of Cartagena, Murcia, Spain


Dive into the research topics of 'Intensification of CO2 capture processes using microwave heating'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this