Predicting adsorption of n-perfluorohexane (n-C6F14) on BCR-704 zeolite using the first principle force field method

Lin Wang, Long Chen, Huai Sun

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Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations with ab initio force field were used to predict the adsorption isotherms of n-C6F14 in BCR-704 faujasite (calcium type) zeolite. The force field parameters were derived using the vapor-liquid equilibrium data for the adsorbate molecules, and ab initio data for the adsorbent (zeolite) with argon as a testing particle. The interactions between the adsorbate molecules and the zeolite were represented by using the Lorentz-Berthelot combining rule. Based on a comparison of ab initio and experimental data obtained for methane absorbed on calcium and sodium type zeolites, it was found that the exposed, non-framework calcium cations (Ca2+) must be partially hydroxylated. As the force field parameters were determined using ab initio data, we were able to estimate the percentage of hydroxylation without interference from the force field parameters by using the experimental adsorption data of argon and nitrogen. The hydroxylation ratio of calcium cations was estimated to be 63%. Based on this model and the combined force field parameters, the adsorption isotherm of n-C6F14 on BCR-704 zeolite was predicted and the results are in reasonable agreement with the experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages6
JournalFluid Phase Equilibria
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar 25
Externally publishedYes


  • Ab initio force field
  • Adsorption
  • Hydroxylated cations
  • Perfluorohexane
  • Zeolite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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