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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 7359591, 11 pages
Research Article

Impact on CO2 Uptake of MWCNT after Acid Treatment Study

Faculty of Chemical Technology and Engineering, West Pomeranian University of Technology Szczecin, Institute of Chemical and Environment Engineering, Pułaskiego 10, 70–322 Szczecin, Poland

Correspondence should be addressed to Rafal J. Wrobel

Received 24 May 2017; Revised 9 August 2017; Accepted 29 August 2017; Published 11 October 2017

Academic Editor: Ester Vazquez

Copyright © 2017 Michal Zgrzebnicki et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Greenhouse effect is responsible for keeping average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere at level of about 288 K. Its intensification leads to warming of our planet and may contribute to adverse changes in the environment. The most important pollution intensifying greenhouse effect is anthropogenic carbon dioxide. This particular gas absorbs secondary infrared radiation, which in the end leads to an increase of average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere. Main source of CO2 is burning of fossil fuels, like oil, natural gas, and coal. Therefore, to reduce its emission, a special CO2 capture and storage technology is required. Carbonaceous materials are promising materials for CO2 sorbents. Thus multiwalled carbon nanotubes, due to the lack of impurities like ash in activated carbons, were chosen as a model material for investigation of acid treatment impact on CO2 uptake. Remarkable 43% enhancement of CO2 sorption capacity was achieved at 273 K and relative pressure of 0.95. Samples were also thoroughly characterized in terms of texture (specific surface area measurement, transmission electron microscope) and chemical composition (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy).