265601 Multicomponent Adsorption of Alcohols Onto Silicalite-1 From Aqueous Solution: Assessment of Ideal Adsorbed Solution Theory

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: 1:12 PM
405 (Convention Center )
Peng Bai1, Michael Tsapatsis1 and J. Ilja Siepmann1,2, (1)Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, (2)Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Configurational-bias Monte Carlo (CBMC) simulations in the isobaric-isothermal version of the Gibbs ensemble (GE) were carried out to probe the adsorption from aqueous solutions of methanol and/or ethanol on silicalite-1. This methodology requires neither specification of the chemical potential nor any reference to activity models based on experimental data. The CBMC-GE methodology can be applied to the complete range of mixture compositions from pure water to pure alcohols, and can also be used when multiple solute types are present at high concentrations. The simulations demonstrate high selectivities for the alcohols (alpha (ethanol) > alpha (methanol)) almost over the entire composition range. The ideal adsorbed solution theory is found to substantially under predict the amount of adsorption for water and leads to very large errors in selectivity at low alcohol concentrations in the solution phase. The simulations indicate that, at lower loadings, the adsorbed alcohol molecules can serve as seeds for water adsorption but, at higher loadings, alcohols displace water molecules from their preferred region.

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