Due to their extremely high surface areas but low density, nanoporous framework materials (NFM’s) are an important class of materials for gas storage and capture. NFM’s are created from metal oxide centers connected by organic linkers, and with appropriate choice of building material NFM porosity and geometry can be tuned to preferentially adsorb and store gasses. Specifically, we are interested in the adsorption of noble gases, which are present in the atmosphere in very low concentrations. We use grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations to determine the Henry’s constant, adsorption energies, and adsorption isotherms for noble gas and NFM systems at low pressures and room temperature. Simulations allow for the rapid screening of thousands of NFM’s and to predict the most favorable materials for noble gas storage and adsorption applications.
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