Enzymatically Assisted CO2 Removal from Flue-Gas

Maria T. Gundersen, Nicolas von Solms, John Woodley

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The enzyme carbonic anhydrase is an enzyme known to enhance CO2 absorption rates. However, for economic viability in enzyme based absorption technology long term stability under process relevant conditions is needed. Thus, here enzyme stability for extended times are investigated with respect to pH, temperature and solvent. Temperatures and pH stability were tested for up to 100 hours incubation and the enzyme was temperature stable up to 60 °C and in the pH range from 7 to 11, with some residual activity between pH 5 and 12. Furthermore, enzyme stability was tested for 7 different capture solvents for 150 days, at 1 M or 3 M solvent concentrations, 40 °C and pH between 8-9 and 10. Residual activity was found with all samples ranging from 12 to 91 % of the initial activity. This study show that this enzyme can indeed be used for extended periods in process relevant conditions, and thus shows promise for industrial implementation as a catalyst in carbon capture.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Procedia
Pages (from-to)624 – 632
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT-12) - University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, United States
Duration: 5 Oct 20149 Oct 2014
Conference number: 12


Conference12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT-12)
LocationUniversity of Texas at Austin
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Internet address

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© 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/).


  • Carbonic anhydrase
  • Post combustion carbon capture
  • Biocatalysis


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