On the Universality of Capillary Condensation and Adsorption Hysteresis Phenomena in Ordered and Crystalline Mesoporous Materials

Katie Cychosz Struckhoff, Matthias Thommes, Lev Sarkisov

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Abstract

Using adsorption experiments for argon over a wide range of temperatures from above the triple point (i.e., 87 K) down to 65 K, coupled with advanced molecular simulation studies, the underlying mechanism of capillary condensation and hysteresis in a mesoporous metal‐organic framework (MOF), MIL‐101(Cr) is explored. The results obtained on the mesoporous MOFs are compared with the experimental and molecular simulation studies of argon adsorption and phase behavior in mesoporous molecular sieves (e.g., MCM‐41 silica) of similar pore size and over the same temperature range (65–87 K). The studies provide insights into the nature of confinement effects on the adsorption and phase behavior of fluids in mesoporous MOFs. The obtained results suggest that certain features of adsorption, capillary condensation, and associated hysteresis phenomena in mesoporous MOFs and in mesoporous molecular sieves are governed by the same underlying physics, despite the striking differences in pore structure and chemical composition. Hence, the findings are of importance for advancing characterization methodologies based on gas adsorption, but also for predicting the behavior of mesoporous MOFs in various potential applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2000184
JournalAdvanced Materials Interfaces
Early online date30 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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