Isotopic and spin selectivity of H2 adsorbed in bundles of carbon nanotubes

R. A. Trasca, M. K. Kostov, Milton Walter Cole

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Due to its large surface area and strongly attractive potential, a bundle of carbon nanotubes is an ideal substrate material for gas storage. In addition, adsorption in nanotubes can be exploited in order to separate the components of a mixture. In this paper, we investigate the preferential adsorption of D2 versus H2 (isotope selectivity) and of ortho versus para (spin selectivity) molecules confined in the one-dimensional grooves and interstitial channels of carbon nanotube bundles. We perform selectivity calculations in the low coverage regime, neglecting interactions between adsorbate molecules. We find substantial spin selectivity for a range of temperatures up to 100 K, and even greater isotope selectivity for an extended range of temperatures, up to 300 K. This isotope selectivity is consistent with recent experimental data, which exhibit a large difference between the isosteric heats of D2 and H2 adsorbed in these bundles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035410
Pages (from-to)354101-354108
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 15 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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