Separation Science and Technology
Pressure swing adsorption experiments were carried out for the separation of equimolar mixtures of carbon dioxide and methane containing small amounts of hydrogen sulfide, utilizing 4A, 5A, and 13X molecular sieves. High-purity methane of zero or nearly zero hydrogen sulfide concentration was produced in the adsorption stage with 13X and 5A sieves, at high product recovery rates; high-purity carbon dioxide was obtained with the same sieves in the desorption stage. Zeolite 4A was found capable of raising considerably the hydrogen sulfide concentration in the accumulated desorption product (vs. the adsorption feed) at high recovery rates too. Adsorption selectivity values derived from the experimental results for all three gas pairs were in line with some theoretical predictions and experimental data of the literature.
Heck, H. H., Hall, M. L., dos Santos, R., & Tomadakis, M. M. (2018). Pressure swing adsorption separation of H2S/CO2/CH4 gas mixtures with molecular sieves 4A, 5A, and 13X. Separation Science and Technology (Philadelphia), 53(10), 1490-1497. doi:10.1080/01496395.2017.1417315