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Simple model of adsorption on external surface of carbon nanotubes: a new analytical approach basing on molecular simulation data

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Furmaniak, S., Terzyk, A. P., Gauden, P. A., Harris, P. J. F., Wiśniewski, M. and Kowalczyk, P. (2010) Simple model of adsorption on external surface of carbon nanotubes: a new analytical approach basing on molecular simulation data. Adsorption, 16 (4-5). pp. 197-213. ISSN 1572-8757

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1007/s10450-010-9223-4

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Nitrogen adsorption on carbon nanotubes is wide- ly studied because nitrogen adsorption isotherm measurement is a standard method applied for porosity characterization. A further reason is that carbon nanotubes are potential adsorbents for separation of nitrogen from oxygen in air. The study presented here describes the results of GCMC simulations of nitrogen (three site model) adsorption on single and multi walled closed nanotubes. The results obtained are described by a new adsorption isotherm model proposed in this study. The model can be treated as the tube analogue of the GAB isotherm taking into account the lateral adsorbate-adsorbate interactions. We show that the model describes the simulated data satisfactorily. Next this new approach is applied for a description of experimental data measured on different commercially available (and characterized using HRTEM) carbon nanotubes. We show that generally a quite good fit is observed and therefore it is suggested that the observed mechanism of adsorption in the studied materials is mainly determined by adsorption on tubes separated at large distances, so the tubes behave almost independently.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF) > Electron Microscopy Laboratory (CAF)
ID Code:24743
Uncontrolled Keywords:Adsorption; GCMC; Carbon nanotubes; Nitrogen; Surface area
Additional Information:From the issue entitled: a special issue dedicated to the memory of Professor Andrzej Waksmundzki (1910-1998) on his 100th birthday
Publisher:Springer

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