Optimization of acid treatment of serpentine minerals for CO2 sequestration

Mineral carbonation that uses silicate minerals to sequester carbon dioxide into a permanent, solid and stable form is a promising concept for permanent CO2 sequestration. Different pretreatment methods, including particle communition and acid treatment, have been used to accelerate the reaction kinetics of this process. Inthis work, computer experimental design tools have been used to screen and identify the variables that predominantly affect the carbonation reactions of acid treated serpentine minerals.