Adsorption in mesopores: a molecular-continuum model with application to MCM-41

Sonwane, C. G. ; Bhatia, S. K. (1998) Adsorption in mesopores: a molecular-continuum model with application to MCM-41 Chemical Engineering Science, 53 (17). pp. 3143-3156. ISSN 0009-2509

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The classical model of surface layering followed by capillary condensation during adsorption in mesopores, is modified here by consideration of the adsorbate solid interaction potential. The new theory accurately predicts the capillary coexistence curve as well as pore criticality, matching that predicted by density functional theory. The model also satisfactorily predicts the isotherm for nitrogen adsorption at 77.4 K on MCM-41 material of various pore sizes, synthesized and characterized in our laboratory, including the multilayer region, using only data on the variation of condensation pressures with pore diameter. The results indicate a minimum mesopore diameter for the surface layering model to hold as 14.1 Å , below which size micropore filling must occur, and a minimum pore diameter for mechanical stability of the hemispherical meniscus during desorption as 34.2 Å . For pores in-between these two sizes reversible condensation is predicted to occur, in accord with the experimental data for nitrogen adsorption on MCM-41 at 77.4 K.

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Keywords:MCM-41; Mesopore; Adsorption; Capillary Condensation; Multilayer Isotherm; Hysteresis
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