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Adsorption and Transport of CH4, CO2, H2 Mixtures in a Bio-MOF Material from Molecular Simulations

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posted on 14.04.2011, 00:00 by Erhan Atci, Ilknur Erucar, Seda Keskin
Accurate description of gas adsorption and diffusion in nanoporous materials is crucial in envisioning new materials for adsorption-based and membrane-based gas separations. This study provides the first information about the equilibrium and transport properties of different gas mixtures in a bio-metal organic framework (bio-MOF). Adsorption isotherms and self-diffusivity coefficients of CH4, CO2, H2, and their binary mixtures in bio-MOF-11 were computed using grand canonical Monte Carlo and equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. Results showed that bio-MOF-11 exhibits significantly higher adsorption selectivity for CO2 over CH4 and H2 than the widely studied MOFs. Bio-MOF-11 outperforms several isoreticular MOFs, traditional zeolites, and zeolite imidazolate frameworks in membrane-based separations of CH4/H2, CO2/CH4, and CO2/H2 mixtures due to its high gas permeability and permeation selectivity. The methods used in this work will assess the potential of bio-MOFs in gas separations and accelerate development of new bio-MOFs for targeted applications by providing molecular insights into adsorption and transport of gas mixtures.