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Keywords:

  • capture;
  • absorption;
  • NMR;
  • bubble column;
  • carbamate;
  • bicarbonate

A new carbon dioxide capture process by means of gas–liquid absorption using pyrrolidine aqueous solutions in a bubble column reactor obtaining suitable results in comparison with other commonly used amines is analyzed. The influence of several operation variables such as amine concentration and gas flow rate has been studied. Carbon dioxide mass-transfer rate data have shown a different behavior than other amine-based systems because a constant value in absorption rate was observed in the middle of batch experiments. 13C and 1H NMR spectroscopy studies were performed to analyze the species present during the experiments. These data and the carbon dioxide loading allowed to explain the reaction mechanism existed between these reagents. © 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 60: 1098–1106, 2014