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Multicomponent vapor sorption on active carbon by combined microgravimetry and dynamic sampling mass spectrometry

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ashleigh Fletcher, Emeritus Professor Mark Thomas

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Abstract

Combined gravimetric and dynamic sampling mass spectrometry methods have been developed for the direct measurement of multicomponent vapor sorption on microporous materials. This method combines the gravimetric method for determination of the kinetics and equilibria of total adsorption, and mass spectrometry for the analysis of each adsorbate component during temperature programmed desorption. Mass spectrometry was also used for the determination of the adsorptive gas-phase concentrations during adsorption. Results are presented for adsorption of water/n-octane and water/n-butane on active carbon BAX950 using helium as the carrier gas. Marked differences were observed in the amount of water vapor adsorbed in the presence of n-butane compared with static water vapor and water vapor in helium. The dynamics of adsorption and desorption resulting from competitive adsorption have been investigated. The kinetics are compared with data for single component adsorption of static vapors and flowing vapors in helium. The results are discussed in terms of the diffusion processes and adsorption mechanism.


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Author(s): Fletcher AJ; Thomas KM; Benham MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B

Year: 2002

Volume: 106

Issue: 30

Pages: 7474-7482

Online publication date: 09/07/2002

Acceptance date: 25/03/2002

ISSN (print): 1520-6106

ISSN (electronic): 1520-5207

Publisher: American Chemical Society

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp014625a

DOI: 10.1021/jp014625a


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