Simulation study of two-dimensional phase transitions of argon on graphite surface and in slit micropores

Ustinov, Eugene A and Do, Duong D. (2014) Simulation study of two-dimensional phase transitions of argon on graphite surface and in slit micropores. Adsorption, 20 2-3: 439-451. doi:10.1007/s10450-013-9577-5

Author Ustinov, Eugene A
Do, Duong D.
Title Simulation study of two-dimensional phase transitions of argon on graphite surface and in slit micropores
Journal name Adsorption   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0929-5607
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10450-013-9577-5
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 20
Issue 2-3
Start page 439
End page 451
Total pages 13
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Molecular simulation has been increasingly used in the analysis and modeling of gas adsorption on open surfaces and in porous materials because greater insight could be gained from such a study. In case of homogeneous surfaces or pore walls the adsorption behavior is often complicated by the order-disorder transition. It is shown in our previous publications (Ustinov and Do, Langmuir 28:9543-9553, 2012a; Ustinov and Do, Adsorption 19:291-304, 2013) that once an ordered molecular layer has been formed on the surface, the lattice constant depends on the simulation box size, which requires adjusting the box dimensions parallel to the surface for each value of loading. It was shown that this can be accomplished with the Gibbs-Duhem equation, which results in decreasing lattice constant with an increase of the amount adsorbed. The same feature is expected to be valid for gas adsorption in narrow pores, but this has not been analyzed in the literature. This study aims at an extension of our approach to adsorption in slit graphitic pores using kinetic Monte Carlo method (Ustinov and Do, J Colloid Interface Sci 366:216-223, 2012b). The emphasis rests on the thermodynamic analysis of the two-dimensional (2D) ordering transition and state of the ordered phase; if the ordered phase exists in narrow slit pores, simulation with constant volume box always leads to erroneous results, for example, seemingly incompressible adsorbed phase. We proposed a new approach that allows for modeling thermodynamically consistent adsorption isotherms, which can be used as a basis for further refinement of the pore size distribution analysis of nanoporous materials.
Keyword Adsorption on graphite
Heat of adsorption
Kinetic Monte Carlo
Monolayer phase transition
Slit pores
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