Water adsorption in hydrophobic nanopores: Monte Carlo simulations of water in silicalite

Chen E. Ramachandran, Shaji Chempath, Linda J. Broadbelt, Randall Q. Snurr*

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Grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations have been carried out to investigate the adsorption of water from the vapor phase into the zeolite silicalite. For truly hydrophobic micropores, the simulations predict essentially no adsorption of water at low pressures, followed by rapid pore filling as pressure is increased. The effect of silanol defects in real silicalite samples was explored through simulations using "seeded" water molecules to represent hydrophilic defects. These defects promote adsorption of some water at low pressures, as molecules form hydrogen-bonded clusters around the defects. The defects also shift the pore filling to a lower pressure than in the completely hydrophobic material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-298
Number of pages6
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
Issue number1-3 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Mar 20 2006


  • Adsorption
  • Defect
  • Hydrophobicity
  • Silicalite
  • Water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials


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