The Nature of Chemisorbed CO2 in Zeolite A

Formation of CO<sub>3</sub><sup>2-</sup> and HCO<sub>3</sub><sup>-</sup> species without participation of the framework oxygen atoms upon chemisorption of CO<sub>2</sub> in zeolite |Na<sub>12</sub>|-A is revealed. The transfer of O and H atoms is very likely to have proceeded via the involvement of residual H<sub>2</sub>O or acid groups. A combined study by solid-state <sup>13</sup>C MAS NMR, quantum chemical calculations, and <i>in situ</i> IR spectroscopy showed that the chemisorption mainly occurred by the formation of HCO<sub>3</sub><sup>-</sup>. However, at a low surface coverage of physisorbed and acidic CO<sub>2</sub>, a significant fraction of the HCO<sub>3</sub><sup>-</sup> was deprotonated and transformed into CO<sub>3</sub><sup>2-</sup>. We expect that similar chemisorption of CO<sub>2</sub> would occur for low-silica zeolites and other basic silicates of interest for the capture of CO<sub>2</sub> from gas mixtures.