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Methanol diffusion in zeolite HY: a combined quasielastic neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulation study

O'Malley, Alexander James, Garcia Sakai, Victoria, Silverwood, Ian Philip, Dimitratos, Nikolaos, Parker, Stewart and Catlow, Charles Richard 2016. Methanol diffusion in zeolite HY: a combined quasielastic neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulation study. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18 (26) , pp. 17294-17302. 10.1039/C6CP01151A

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Abstract

The diffusion of methanol in zeolite HY is studied using tandem quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) experiments and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations at 300-400 K. The experimental diffusion coefficients were measured in the range 2-5 x 10-10 m2s-1 and simulated diffusion coefficients measured in the range of 1.6-3.2 x 10-9 m2s-1. Activation energies were measured as 8.8 and 6.9 kJ mol-1using QENS and MD respectively. Differences may be attributed predominantly to the experimental use of a dealuminated HY sample, containing significant defects such as strongly adsorbing silanol nests, compared to a perfect simulated crystal containing only evenly distributed Brønsted acid sites. Experimental and simulated diffusivities measured in this study are lower than those obtained from those previously calculated in siliceous faujasite, due to methanol H-bonding to Brønsted acid sites as observed in the MD simulations. However, both experimental and simulated diffusivities were significantly higher than those obtained in NaX, due to the higher concentration of extraframework cations present in the previously studied faujasites.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN: 1463-9076
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 June 2016
Date of Acceptance: 16 May 2016
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 09:26
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/91126

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