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Adsorption of propane and propylene in zeolitic imidazolate framework ZIF-8 pore: periodic SCC-DFTB method

  • Benjawan Kaewruksa
  • Viwat Vchirawongkwin
  • Vithaya RuangpornvisutiEmail author


Adsorptions of propane and propylene in the ZIF-8 pore, were studied using periodic SCC-DFTB method. Six and eleven adsorption configurations for propane and propylene molecules in the ZIF-8 pore, were respectively found. The adsorption energies based on the most stable configurations of propane (− 1.38 kcal/mol) and propylene (− 1.25 kcal/mol) in the ZIF-8 pore were obtained. Due to adsorption abilities of the ZIF-8 pore which can adsorb propane better than propylene, the ZIF-8 therefore differentiate diffusion flux of propane and propylene via hexagonal aperture. These results agree with ability of the ZIF-8 pore to separate propane/propylene mixture based on the principle of gas–solid partition. All the adsorption configurations of propane and propylene molecules and their adsorption energies are reported.


ZIF-8 Propane Adsorption energy SSC-DFTB computations Propylene 



This Research is funded by Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. The 100th Anniversary Chulalongkorn University Fund for Doctoral Scholarship is also acknowledged.

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  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand

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