Hydrophobic zeolites are nanoporous materials that are attracting an increasing interest, especially for catalysis, desalination, energy storage and biomedical applications. Nevertheless, a more profound understanding and control of water infiltration in their nanopores is still desirable to rationally design zeolite-based materials with tailored properties. In this work, both atomistic simulations and previous experimental data are employed to investigate water infiltration in hydrophobic MFI zeolites with different concentration of hydrophilic defects. Results show that limited concentrations of defects (e.g. 1%) induce a change in the shape of infiltration isotherms (from type-V to type-I), which denotes a sharp passage from typical hydrophobic to hydrophilic behavior. A correlation parametrized on both energy and geometric characteristics of the zeolite (infiltration model) is then adopted to interpolate the infiltration isotherms data by means of a limited number of physically-meaningful parameters. Finally, the infiltration model is combined with the water-zeolite interaction energy computed by simulations to correlate the water intrusion mechanism with the atomistic details of the zeolite crystal, such as defects concentration, distribution and hydrophilicity. The suggested methodology may allow a faster (more than one order of magnitude) and more systematic preliminary computational screening of innovative zeolite-based materials for energy storage, desalination and biomedical purposes.
|Titolo:||Mechanistic correlation between water infiltration and framework hydrophilicity in MFI zeolites|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1038/s41598-019-54751-5|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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