Probe molecule kinetic studies of adsorption on MCM-41

A. Berenguer-Murcia, A.J. Fletcher, J. Garcia-Martinez, D. Cazorla-Amoros, A. Linares-Solano, K.M. Thomas

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Gases and vapors of varying dimensions were used as probes to investigate the adsorption processes on MCM-41 and precipitated silica, prepared by the same method as for MCM-41, but without the template. The adsorption kinetics of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, n-nonane, and α-pinene were studied for different amounts of preadsorbed gas/vapor as a function of relative pressure. The adsorption kinetics follow a linear driving force model for changes in surface coverage up to the adsorption isotherm plateaus. The variation of rate constant with relative pressure for MCM-41 and precipitated silica showed marked differences associated with adsorption in mesoporous structure, which are attributed to alignment of molecules in the mesopores leading to a pore blocking effect. The results are discussed in terms of differences in the adsorption mechanisms of gas/vapor diffusion in porous materials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1012-1020
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003


  • molecule kinetic studies
  • probe molecules
  • adsorption
  • chemical engineering


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