The nature of surface barriers on nanoporous solids explored by microimaging of transient guest distributions

Florian Hibbe, Christian Chmelik, Lars Heinke, Sanhita Pramanik, Jing Li, Douglas M. Ruthven, Despina Tzoulaki, Jörg Kärger

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Nanoporous solids are attractive materials for energetically efficient and environmentally friendly catalytic and adsorption separation processes. Although the performance of such materials is largely dependent on their molecular transport properties, our fundamental understanding of these phenomena is far from complete. This is particularly true for the mechanisms that control the penetration rate through the outer surface of these materials (commonly referred to as surface barriers). Recent detailed sorption rate measurements with Zn(tbip) crystals have greatly enhanced our basic understanding of such processes. Surface resistance in this material has been shown to arise from the complete blockage of most of the pore entrances on the outer surface, while the transport resistance of the remaining open pores is negligibly small. More generally, the revealed correlation between intracrystalline diffusion and surface permeation provides a new view of the nature of transport resistances in nanoporous materials acting in addition to the diffusion resistance of the regular pore network, leading to a rational explanation of the discrepancy which is often observed between microscopic and macroscopic diffusion measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2804-2807
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 9 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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