- A combined theoretical and experimental analysis on transient breakthroughs of C2H6/C2H4 in fixed beds packed with ZIF-7
- Microporous and Mesoporous Materials
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
The selective separation of C2H6/C2H4 mixtures can be achieved by the zeolitic imidazolate framework ZIF-7, which is a well-known flexible microporous material due to its gate-opening effect in response to external stimuli such as pressure and temperature. Transient breakthrough experiments with C2H6/C2H4 mixtures were carried out at varying pressure and temperature conditions to confirm the potential application of ZIF-7 to selectively adsorb the saturated alkane and reject the unsaturated alkene in the gas phase during the adsorption cycle. Transient breakthrough simulations, including the influence of intra-crystalline diffusion, were compared with the experimental breakthroughs. The assumption of negligible diffusional limitations is able to capture the essential characteristics of the experimental breakthroughs. With the breakthroughs from both experiments and simulations, the adsorbed amounts of C2H6 and C2H4 in ZIF-7 were calculated to estimate the separation selectivity, which is in reasonable agreement with ideal adsorbed solution theory calculations. The derived isosteric heats of adsorption for both adsorbates are compared and used to explain the adsorption selectivity for C2H6 over C2H4 in ZIF-7. The good agreement between experiments and simulations verifies that the simulation methodology employed in the current study is a valuable and efficient tool for modeling the separation performance of C2H6/C2H4 mixtures in ZIF-7.
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