Large-Scale Computational Screening of Zeolites for Ethane/Ethene Separation

J. Kim, L.-C. Lin, R. L. Martin, J. A. Swisher, M. Haranczyk, and B. Smit, Large-Scale Computational Screening of Zeolites for Ethane/Ethene Separation Langmuir 28 (32), 11914 (2012) http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la302230z

Abstract: Large-scale computational screening of thirty thousand zeolite structures was conducted to find optimal structures for separation of ethane/ethene mixtures. Efficient grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations were performed with graphics processing units (GPUs) to obtain pure component adsorption isotherms for both ethane and ethene. We have utilized the ideal adsorbed solution theory (IAST) to obtain the mixture isotherms, which were used to evaluate the performance of each zeolite structure based on its working capacity and selectivity. In our analysis, we have determined that specific arrangements of zeolite framework atoms create sites for the preferential adsorption of ethane over ethene. The majority of optimum separation materials can be identified by utilizing this knowledge and screening structures for the presence of this feature will enable the efficient selection of promising candidate materials for ethane/ethene separation prior to performing molecular simulations.

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