Lattice model and simulation of dynamics of adsorbate motion in zeolites

Paul R. Van Tassel, Susan A. Somers, H. Ted Davis, Alon V. McCormick

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Previous Monte Carlo simulations of the distribution of adsorbates in zeolites have suggested that adsorbates are confined to a lattice of sites in the micropore. In this work, we examine the effect of the structure and energetics of the adsorption site lattice on the mobility of small molecules in cage-like micropores using Monte Carlo lattice dynamics (MCLD) simulations. In MCLD, motion is modeled as a series of activated site-to-site hops over energetic and entropic barriers whose magnitudes can be functions of zeolite structure, sorbate chemistry, and loading. The topology of the lattice is such that adsorbate hops are of two types: (i) between sites in a given case, and (ii) between sites in neighboring cages. For comparison, an analytical model of adsorbate self-diffusivity is constructed by applying a random walk theory to this lattice. This model is exact at low loading and approximates the dynamics well even for a crowded lattice. We also compare MCLD to molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of methane adsorbed in zeolite A and observe qualitative agreement between the two approaches. However, the computational cost of MCLD is an order of magnitude lower than MD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2979-2989
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 1994

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Acknowledgements-This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (CTS-9058387), the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, the Dow Chemical Company, the Mobil Oil Company, and a University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for P . R . Van Tassel . We also wish to thank the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute for a grant on a Cray X-MP-EA supercomputer .


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