Van der Waals-like isotherms in a confined electrolyte by spherical and cylindrical nanopores

Gabriel E. Aguilar-Pineda, Felipe Jiménez-Ángeles, Jiang Yu, Marcelo Lozada-Cassou*

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Electrolytes confined by spherical, cylindrical, and slit-like charged nanopores are studied. Results for ionic distribution profiles, pressures of the confined fluid, and absorption isotherms are obtained through the hypernetted chain/mean spherical approximation (HNC/MSA) integral equations theory. In spherical and cylindrical geometries, an inward, non-monotonic behavior of the pressure is found as confinement increases, implying a negative compressibility. The pressure vs volume isotherms resemble liquid-vapor van der Waals-like phase transition diagrams. This effect is correlated with a charge separation inside a spherical pore previously reported (Phys. Rev. Lett., 79, 3656, 1997). Here, the mechanism of charge separation and negative compressibility are explored in detail. When compared with the slit-like pore pressure, important qualitative differences are found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2033-2044
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number8
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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