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Diffusion of sorbates in zeolites Y and A novel dependence on sorbate size and strength of sor ba t e-Zeoli t e interaction

Yashonath, S and Santikary, P (1994) Diffusion of sorbates in zeolites Y and A novel dependence on sorbate size and strength of sor ba t e-Zeoli t e interaction. In: Journal of physical chemistry, 98 (25). pp. 6368-6376.

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A systematic investigation of monatomic spherical sorbates in the supercages of zeolites Y and A by molecular dynamics technique is presented. Rates of intercage diffusion, rates of cage visits, and the diffusion coefficients have been calculated as a function of the sorbate-zeolite interaction strength. These properties exhibit markedly different dependences on interaction strength for the two zeolites. The observed behavior is shown to be a consequence of the two principal mechanisms of intercage diffusion and the energetic barrier associated with them. The diffusion coefficient and other properties associated with intercage diffusion are found to be directly proportional to the reciprocal of the square of the sorbate diameter when the sorbate diameter is significantly smaller than the window diameter. As the sorbate diameter increases, a peak is observed in all the transport properties investigated including the diffusion coefficient. We call this surprising effect as the ring or levitation effect and it explains several anomalous results reported in the literature and suggests a breakdown of the geometrical criterion for diffusion of sorbates. It shows that under certain conditions nongeometrical factors play a major role and geometrical factors become secondary in the determination of the molecular sieve property. A generalized parameter has been proposed which suggests conditions under which one can expect the ring or levitation effect in any porous medium. Inverse size selectivity becomes operative under these conditions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of physical chemistry
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Supercomputer Education & Research Centre
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2011 05:51
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2011 05:51
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/36409

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