Effects of surface mediation on the adsorption isotherm and heat of adsorption of argon on graphitized thermal carbon black

Fan, CY, Birkett, G and Do, DD (2010) Effects of surface mediation on the adsorption isotherm and heat of adsorption of argon on graphitized thermal carbon black. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 342 2: 485-492. doi:10.1016/j.jcis.2009.10.018


Author Fan, CY
Birkett, G
Do, DD
Title Effects of surface mediation on the adsorption isotherm and heat of adsorption of argon on graphitized thermal carbon black
Journal name Journal of Colloid and Interface Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-9797
1095-7103
Publication date 2010-02-15
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2009.10.018
Volume 342
Issue 2
Start page 485
End page 492
Total pages 8
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, U.S.A.
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract In this paper, the effects of surface mediation on the adsorption isotherm and isosteric heat of adsorption on a graphite surface were investigated, as the surface mediation is known to affect the intermolecular interaction of adsorbed molecules close to the surface. Kim and Steele (Phys. Rev. B 45 (11) (1992) 6226-6233) and others have assumed that the surface mediation is confined only to the first layer. This will be tested in this paper with a combined experimental and Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulation of adsorption of argon on graphitized thermal carbon black (GTCB) over a range of temperatures (77-95.25 K). By matching the simulation results against the experimental data, we have found that the surface mediation is extended up to the fourth layer, rather than only the first as suggested by Kim and Steele, and the extent of this mediation is reduced with distance from the surface. This reinforces the important role of surface on the intermolecular interaction. With regard to the heat of adsorption, we found that the isosteric heats obtained directly from the simulation agree fairly well with the heats calculated from the application of the Clausius-Clapeyron equation on experimental isotherms of 77 and 87.3 K. The temperature dependence of the isosteric heat was investigated with the GCMC simulation results. One interesting observation is the existence of a heat spike at 77 K and its absence at higher temperatures, a phenomenon which is common to both simulation results and experimental data. This lends good support to the molecular model with surface mediation as a proper one to describe adsorption of noble gases on GTCB. © 2009 Elsevier Inc.
Keyword Gas phase adsorption
Graphitized thermal carbon black
Surface mediation
Heat of adsorption
Argon
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Additional Notes Available online 14 November 2009

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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