Verification of the Maxwell-Stefan theory for tracer diffusion in zeolites

Krishna, R. ; Paschek, D. (2002) Verification of the Maxwell-Stefan theory for tracer diffusion in zeolites The Chemical Engineering Journal, 85 (1). pp. 7-15. ISSN 0300-9467

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Using the Maxwell-Stefan theory for diffusion we derive a simple formula to relate the tracer (i.e. self) diffusivity D* and Maxwell-Stefan (MS), or jump, diffusivity Ð. The presence of the interchange coefficient -Ð in the MS formulation causes the self diffusivity to be lower than the jump diffusivity. Assuming the interchange coefficient to be given by Ð/F we derive: D* = Ð/1 + Fθ where F is a factor to take account of topology effects within the zeolite matrix. The validity of the MS formulation is established by performing kinetic Monte Carlo simulations for diffusion of methane, perfluoromethane, 2-methylhexane and iso-butane in silicalite. Furthermore, it is shown that the exchange coefficient -Ð is a quantification of correlation effects during the hopping of molecules. For iso-butane, the isotherm inflection leads to a sharp inflection in the diffusion behaviour. The influence of molecular repulsive forces on the loading dependence of the jump and self-diffusivities is also discussed with the aid of published Molecular Dynamics simulations for methane.

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Keywords:Maxwell-stefan Theory; Zeolites; Tracer Diffusion; MD Simulation
ID Code:65436
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