Water desalination by silica supported ionic liquid: Adsorption kinetics and system modeling

Ahmed A. Askalany, Kutub Uddin, Bidyut B. Saha, Muhammad Sultan, Giulio Santori

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Significant efforts have been done in order to improve adsorption desalination systems by developing advanced adsorbents. Silica-supported ionic liquid (SIL) has been recently proposed as a promising adsorption material for water desalination due to its relatively high adsorption capacity around 1 kgwater.kgSIL−1. Such achieved performance can be considered as an initial cornerstone that requires further important additional data before reaching a successful practical application. In this paper, experimental measurements of water adsorption kinetics in the SIL named EMIM-AC/Syloid 72FP are presented. The kinetics is interpreted using a linear driving force (LDF) model that shows good harmony with experimental data. Depending on a former study on adsorption isotherms and the current kinetics data, the performance of an adsorption water desalination system (ADS) is predicted using a dynamic lumped parameter model. The results show a bright future for this SIL material in water desalination application with high theoretical pure water production achieving 47 m3 day−1ton−1, 0.85 coefficient of performance with 600 W kgSIL−1 specific cooling power. Furthermore, system working with the EMIM-AC/Syloid 72FP can theoretically be powered by as low as 40 °C heat source.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122069
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Pollution
  • Energy(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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