ATR-FTIR study of the interaction of CO2 with bacterial cellulose-basedmembranes

September 27, 2019


ATR-FTIR study of the interaction of CO2 with bacterial cellulose-basedmembranes


Yanin Hosakun a, Katalin Halász a, Miklos Horváth b, Levente Csóka a,⇑, Vladimir Djokovic




Chemical Engineering Journal


Bacterial cellulose (BC) was used as an active material for fabrication of the membrane for CO2 capture.
The BC-membrane is further modified with silk fibroin protein and ZnO nanoparticles in order to increase
the number of sites that may bind CO2. The interaction of the CO2 with the membranes was investigated
by means of ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. The argon purged membranes were used as the control samples.
After pressurizing the membranes in CO2 at 3 bar, FTIR spectra were recorded and compared to the spectra
of the controls. The interaction of the membrane materials with CO2 were studied by examining two
regions of the spectra: 740–610 cm 1 (bending vibrations of CO2) and 2400–2320 cm 1 (asymmetric
stretching vibrations of CO2). The envelope of the bending mode peak in 740–610 cm 1 region is resolved
into particular peaks and the appearance of the additional line at 654 cm 1 suggested that the absorption
bands of CO2 alters because of the Lewis acid-base type of interaction with membranes. The changes in
the region of asymmetric stretching vibrations of CO2 were even more pronounced after pressurization.
The presence of the number of different sites (active groups) for the CO2 adsorption reflected in the
appearance of several additional asymmetric stretching peaks. Also, due to the entrapment of the CO2
in the membrane, a typical C@O asymmetric stretching vibration line at 2340 cm 1 is shifted towards
lower frequencies. The analysis of the results suggested that there is a strong interaction of CO2 with BC
membrane, which is additionally improved by its modification with silk fibroin and ZnO nanoparticles.
From the results of CO2 permeation experiment, the basic BC membrane, silk fibroin-modified BC membrane
and ZnO nanoparticles-modified BC membrane exhibited the CO2 permeability of 2.73, 2.69 and
2.66 Barrer, respectively.




Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Bacterial cellulose, CO2 capture membranes, Silk fibroin, ZnO nanoparticles, ATR-FTIR