Adsorption of light hydrocarbons on HMS type mesoporous silica

B. L. Newalkar, N. V. Choudary, U. T. Turaga, R. P. Vijayalakshmi, P. Kumar, S. Komarneni, T. S.G. Bhat

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Equilibrium adsorption isotherms for light hydrocarbons namely, ethane, ethylene, acetylene, propane, and propylene have been measured on hexagonal mesoporous silica (HMS)-type mesoporous silica. The measured data are analyzed using Langmuir-Freundlich adsorption isotherm model. The adsorption capacity for C2 and C3 olefins are found to be higher than for corresponding alkanes. Further, uptake of acetylene is observed to be more comparable to ethylene. The isosteric heats of adsorption for ethylene are marginally higher than ethane but those observed for propylene are found to be significantly higher than for propane. The isosteric heats observed for propylene are found to be comparable with those reported for π-complexation based systems. Such a trend has in turn suggested a higher affinity of HMS framework for propylene over propane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-276
Number of pages10
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Nov 4 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials


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