The thermodynamics of gas absorption and guest-induced flexibility in zeolite Y

Xin Guo, Pinghui Zhang, Alexandra Navrotsky

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The interaction of water, carbon dioxide and methane with faujasite zeolite Y has been probed by gas absorption calorimetry. The energetics of water sorption reveals guest-induced framework flexibility with transition from a less hydrated form to a more hydrated phase. The differential enthalpy of absorption directly measures strengths of guest-host interactions at different sites and possible binding mechanisms. Interactions of CO2 and CH4 with the faujasite framework are weaker and no phase transition is seen. The most negative enthalpies in water, CO2 and CH4 absorption occur near zero loading with exothermic values (relative to the vapor) of −110.59 ± 1.5 kJ/mol, −34.40 ± 0.47 kJ/mol and −21.87 ± 0.78 kJ/mol respectively. The initial entropy of CO2 sorption, unlike that of water sorption, is not the lowest near zero loading but falls to a stable plateau of lowest level before increasing, reflecting a possible dynamic ordering process of absorbed CO2 molecules. The entropy of CH4 sorption follows a monotonic change upon loading. Thus the chemical potential obtained directly from the absorption isotherm and the calorimetrically measured enthalpy can be used to calculate the entropy of sorption and together provide a detailed map of thermodynamic behavior of H2O, CO2 and CH4) in this flexible zeolite framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number109893
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Faujasite zeolite Y
  • Guest-induced flexibility
  • Thermodynamics of gas absorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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