Nitrogen and water adsorption in aluminum methylphosphonate α: a molecular simulation study

Carmelo Herdes, Zhi Lin, Anabela Valente, João A P Coutinho, Lourdes F. Vega

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We present here Monte Carlo simulation and experimental results on the adsorption of nitrogen and water in aluminum methylphosphonate polymorph α (AlMePO-α). We have assumed a detailed atomic model for the material, using experimental information to construct the simulation cell. Nitrogen was modeled with two different approaches: as a simple Lennard-Jones (LJ) sphere with no charges, and as a diatomic molecule with charges explicitly included. Water was represented by the TIP4P model. Experimental adsorption isotherms were used to tune the proposed molecular model for the adsorbent. Simulated adsorption capacities were in agreement with the experimental results obtained for the studied systems. The influence of the surface model on the adsorption behavior was taken into account by considering different values of the surface methyl group size parameter. Our results corroborate the strong sensitivity of the simulation results to this parameter, as previously observed by Schumacher and co-workers. It is also observed that charged models are essential to accurately describe the low-pressure region of the adsorption isotherm, where the solid-fluid interaction rules the system behavior. However, a simple uncharged molecular model for nitrogen is able to describe the three loci arrangement at maximum loading. Experimental and simulation results presented here also confirm the low water affinity of AlMePO-α. These results enforce the application of this methodology to achieve quantitative predictions on similar systems, with the appropriate transferability of the molecular parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3097-3104
Number of pages8
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2006


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