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Trace Ammonia Removal from Air by Selective Adsorbents Reusable with Water

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posted on 19.03.2020, 14:42 by Akira Takahashi, Kimitaka Minami, Keiko Noda, Koji Sakurai, Tohru Kawamoto
Ammonia adsorbents effective even in trace concentrations are key to the countermeasure for air pollution of particulate matter caused by ammonia emission from agriculture sectors. We revealed that Prussian blue (PB) and its analogues (PBAs), one of the porous coordination polymers, have higher ammonia adsorption capacity in 10 ppmv of ammonia (parts per million in volume, 10 ppmv = 0.0001 volume percent), ≥8 times that of conventional adsorbents. Moreover, these compounds can be recycled only through water flushing. The adsorption capacity of PBA was restricted to 10 cycles of adsorption/desorption, and the air sample for the experiment was collected from the composting equipment present in a swine farm. Despite the presence of saturated water vapor in the exhaust gas, the adsorbents showed excellent selectivity in the removal of ammonia from the sample.