- A molecular dynamics investigation of the unusual concentration dependencies of Fick diffusivities in silica mesopores
- Microporous and Mesoporous Materials
- Volume | Issue number
- 138 | 1-3
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations were carried out to determine the self-diffusivitiy, Di,self, the Maxwell-Stefan diffusivity, Ði, and the Fick diffusivity, Di, for methane (C1), ethane (C2), propane (C3), n-butane (nC4), n-pentane (nC5), n-hexane (nC6), n-heptane (nC7), and cyclohexane (cC6) in cylindrical silica mesopores for a range of pore concentrations. The MD simulations show that zero-loading diffusivity Ði(0) is consistently lower, by up to a factor of 20, than the values anticipated by the classical Knudsen formula. The concentration dependence of the Fick diffusivity, Di is found to be unusually complex, and displays a strong minimum in some cases; this characteristic can be traced to molecular clustering.
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