One-dimensional adsorption and diffusion in Zn(tbip)

Jinchen Liu, Jeong Yong Lee, Long Pan, Richard T. Obermyer, Satoru Simizu, Brian Zande, S. G. Sankar, Jing Li, J. Karl Johnson

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We have used grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations to calculate the adsorption isotherms for H2, CH4, Xe and CF4 in Zn(tbip), a metal organic framework material having narrow 1D pores. Simulations show that Xe and CF4 form ordered solid structures when adsorbed in the pores. We have computed the self and transport diffusivities for H2, CH4, Xe and CF4 in Zn(tbip) using equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. H2 has a diffusivity about one to two order of magnitude higher than CH4, indicating that transport selectivity for H2 over CH4 may be high. Xe and CF4 have very low diffusivities, in the order of 10 -9-10-8cm2/s. We have measured experimental adsorption isotherms for H2 at 77 and 298K for pressures up to 60 bar in Zn(tbip). The H2 isotherms predicted from simulations are in reasonably good agreement with the experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-646
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular Simulation
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • H, CH, Xe, CF
  • Zn(tbip)
  • adsorption
  • diffusion
  • metal organic framework

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