(289d) Selectivities for Binary Mixtures of Hydrogen/Methane and Hydrogen/Carbon Dioxide in Silicalite and Ets-10 by Grand Canonical Monte Carlo Techniques

Authors: 
Gallo, M., New Mexico State University
Nenoff, T. M., Sandia National Laboratories
Mitchell, M. C., New Mexico


In this study the separation capabilities of silicalite and ETS-10 for binary mixtures of hydrogen/methane and hydrogen/carbon dioxide were evaluated by equilibrium molecular simulation techniques. This is the first molecular simulation study that presents mixture adsorption isotherms of these components in silicalite and ETS-10, and determines selectivities based on the simulation results. Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations were carried out for pure components and binary mixtures for hydrogen/carbon dioxide and hydrogen/methane at 298 K to determine pure and mixture adsorption isotherms. The pure and mixture adsorption isotherms were calculated up to pressures of approximately 2000 bar. The results of this study indicate that the separation of hydrogen from methane or from carbon dioxide in silicalite would be successful, since hydrogen in a 50 % bulk mixture does not adsorb unless the pressure is very high ? on the order of 500 bar ? while in ETS-10, hydrogen in a 50% bulk mixture starts adsorbing at a pressure near 10 bar. Analysis of the isosteric heat of adsorption information indicates that silicalite is energetically homogeneous with the adsorbates. In contrast, ETS-10 has energetic heterogeneity, as shown by the decrease of the heat of adsorption with increasing loading.

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