Using the short-chain-length alkanes from ethane to n-butane as guest molecules, transient concentration profiles during uptake or release (via interference microscopy) and tracer exchange (via IR microimaging) in Zn(tbip), a particularly stable representative of a novel family of nanoporous materials (the metal organic frameworks), were recorded. Analyzing the spatiotemporal dependence of the profiles provides immediate access to the transport diffusivities and self-diffusivities, yielding a data basis of unprecedented reliability for mass transfer in nanoporous materials. As a particular feature of the system, self- and transport diffusivities may be combined to estimate the rate of mutual passages of the guest molecules in the chains of pore segments, thus quantifying departure from a genuine single-file system.
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