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Diffusion of Pure CH4 and Its Binary Mixture with CO2 in Faujasite NaY: A Combination of Neutron Scattering Experiments and Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Deroche, I and Maurin, G and Borah, BJ and Yashonath, S and Jobic, H (2010) Diffusion of Pure CH4 and Its Binary Mixture with CO2 in Faujasite NaY: A Combination of Neutron Scattering Experiments and Molecular Dynamics Simulations. In: Journal Of Physical Chemistry C, 114 (11). pp. 5027-5034.

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Official URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp910863z

Abstract

The self-diffusion properties of pure CH4 and its binary mixture with CO2 within MY zeolite have been investigated by combining an experimental quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS) technique and classical Molecular dynamics simulations. The QENS measurements carried out at 200 K led to an unexpected self-diffusivity profile for Pure CH4 with the presence of a maximum for a loading of 32 CH4/unit cell, which was never observed before for the diffusion of apolar species in azeolite system With large windows. Molecular dynamics simulations were performed using two distinct microscopic models for representing the CH4/NaY interactions. Depending on the model, we are able to fairly reproduce either the magnitude or the profile of the self-diffusivity.Further analysis allowed LIS to provide some molecular insight into the diffusion mechanism in play. The QENS measurements report only a slight decrease of the self-diffusivity of CH4 in the presence of CO2 when the CO2 loading increases. Molecular dynamics simulations successfully capture this experimental trend and suggest a plausible microscopic diffusion mechanism in the case of this binary mixture.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2010 10:53
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:59
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/26961

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