Dialing in Direct Air Capture of CO2 by Crystal Engineering of Bis-iminoguanidines

17 April 2020, Version 1
This content is a preprint and has not undergone peer review at the time of posting.


We report a structure-properties relationship study of DAC by crystallization of bis-iminoguanidine (BIG) carbonate salts. The study focuses on a series of basic BIG structures including the glyoxal-bis(iminoguanidine) prototype (GBIG) and its simple analogs methylglyoxal-bis(iminoguanidine) (MGBIG) and diacetyl-bis(iminoguanidine) (DABIG). We find that minor structural modifications in the molecular structure of GBIG, such as substituting one or two hydrogen atoms with methyl groups, result in major changes in the crystal structures, induced by the increased conformational flexibility and steric hindrance. As a result, the corresponding aqueous solubilities within the series increase significantly, leading in turn to enhanced DAC performances.


direct air capture
Carbon capture and storage (CCS)

Supplementary materials

Supporting Info v2


Comments are not moderated before they are posted, but they can be removed by the site moderators if they are found to be in contravention of our Commenting Policy [opens in a new tab] - please read this policy before you post. Comments should be used for scholarly discussion of the content in question. You can find more information about how to use the commenting feature here [opens in a new tab] .
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy [opens in a new tab] and Terms of Service [opens in a new tab] apply.