Free and internal energies for the adsorption of short alkanes into the zeolite SSZ-13 from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

Daniel J. Hutton, Florian Göltl

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Abstract

Electronic structure calculations have become a valuable tool in understanding chemical reactions of hydrocarbons in zeolite pores. However, commonly applied approaches to calculate free energies based on static electronic structure calculations significantly overestimate the entropic penalty for molecular adsorption into zeolite pores. Here, we use ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations to model the adsorption of methane, ethane, and propane to purely siliceous and protonated SSZ-13. In our analyses we focus on the internal and Helmholtz free energies of adsorption of each molecule and compare our results to various approaches for the calculation of free energies based on static calculations. We find that only an approach that retains two thirds of the translational entropy of the adsorbate upon adsorption compares favorably with AIMD simulations. However, comparison to experimental measurements of Gibbs free energies of adsorption reported in the literature implies that we might not have captured the full complexity of alkane adsorption in our model. We expect that results in this work will help to develop a better understanding of alkane adsorption in zeolites, and that the provided data will serve as a benchmark for free energy calculations of alkane adsorption in zeolites in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26604-26612
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume25
Issue number39
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 21 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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