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Type: Journal article
Title: Modelling the surface adsorption of methane on carbon nanostructures
Author: Adisa, O.
Cox, B.
Hill, J.
Citation: Carbon, 2011; 49(10):3212-3218
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0008-6223
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Olumide O. Adisa, Barry J. Cox and James M. Hill
Abstract: Methane (CH4) adsorption is investigated on both graphite and in the region between two aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes, which we refer to as the groove site. We exploit the Lennard-Jones potential function and the continuous approximation to determine surface binding energies between a single CH4 molecule and graphite and between a single CH4 and two aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes. Our modelling indicates that for a CH4 molecule interacting with graphite, the binding energy of the system is minimized when the CH4 carbon is 3.83 above the surface of the graphitic carbon, while the binding energy of the CH4-groove site system is minimized when the CH4 carbon is 5.17 away from the common axis shared by the two aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes. Our results confirm the current view that for larger groove sites, CH4 molecules in grooves are likely to move towards the outer surfaces of one of the single-walled carbon nanotubes. Our results are computationally efficient and are in good agreement with experiments and molecular dynamics simulations, and show that CH4 adsorption on graphite and groove surfaces is more favourable at lower temperatures and higher pressures. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Rights: Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2011.03.046
Grant ID: ARC
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