Russian Chemical Bulletin

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 609–619 | Cite as

Calculations of the distribution of trace impurities in cylindrical pores

  • Yu. K. Tovbin
  • E. V. Votyakov
Physical Chemistry


The equilibrium distribution of a trace impurity and the self-diffusion coefficients of molecules of the base component and the trace impurity in narrow cylindrical pores were calculated using the lattice-gas model. Two types of lattice structures with six and eight closest neighbors were considered. The sizes of the base component and impurity molecules were taken to be identical. Lateral interactions were taken into account in the quasi-chemical approximation. The equilibrium distributions of the trace impurity across a pore section in the gas and liquid phases of the base component and at the interface for the case of capillary condensation were considered. The probability of existence of isolated dimeric clusters was estimated and the self-diffusion coefficients of the base component and trace impurity for a single-phase distribution of the base component were calculated. The effects of the energy of interaction of impurities with the pore walls and the concentration of the base component on the diffusion mobility of the impurities were analyzed. The concentration dependences of the partition coefficient for the trace impurity between the pore center and the pore wall and the concentration dependences of the self-diffusion coefficients for the trace impurity molecules become nonmonotonic with an increase in the base component concentration. These effects are due to the displacement of the impurity from the near-surface area to the bulk of a pore following an increase in the pore coverage by the base component and to higher mobility of the impurity in the free bulk of the pore. Further filling of the pore bulk reduces the mobility of all molecules. The energetics of intermolecular interactions also plays a certain role.

Key words

cylindrical pores adsorption trace impurity phase interface clusters self-diffusion coefficient lattice-gas model quasi-chemical approximation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu. K. Tovbin
    • 1
  • E. V. Votyakov
    • 1
  1. 1.State Research Center of the Russian Federation “L. Ya. Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry”MoscowRussian Federation

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