Understanding and Predicting the Spatially Resolved Adsorption Properties of Nanoporous Materials

Yangzesheng Sun, J. Ilja Siepmann

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Using knowledge from statistical thermodynamics and crystallography, we develop an image-image translation model, called SorbIIT, that uses three-dimensional grids of adsorbate-adsorbent interaction energies as input to predict the spatially resolved loading surface of nanoporous materials over a broad range of temperatures and pressures. SorbIIT consists of a closed-form differential model for loading-surface prediction and a U-Net to generate spatial differential distributions from the energy grids. SorbIIT is trained using the energy grids and adsorbate distributions (obtained from high-throughput simulations) of 50 synthesized and 70 hypothetical zeolites and applied for predicting the adsorption of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, n-butane, 2-methylpropane, krypton, and xenon in other zeolites from 256 to 400 K. Employing a quadratic isotherm model for the local differentiation, SorbIIT yields mean R2 values of 0.998 for total adsorption and 0.6904 for local adsorption with a resolution of 0.2 Å, and a value of 0.721 for the structural similarity of the local loading distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Chemical Theory and Computation
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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