The methane adsorption of water-preadsorbed carbons of different micropore widths w at 303 K was measured. Although the amount of adsorption of supercritical methane on microporous carbon at 303 K was less than 9.4 mg g-1 at 101 kPa, the presence of the preadsorbed water enhanced noticeably the methane adsorption at 303 K even under subatmospheric pressure. The adsorption increment of methane reached a maximum at 1-2 h after introduction of methane and decreased gradually to a steady value after 20-50 h. The adsorption increment of methane depended on the fractional filling φw of micropores by the preadsorbed water. The maximum increment of 110 mg g-1 for w = 1.1 nm at a methane pressure of 2.6 kPa was obtained at φw = 0.34, corresponding to the estimated adsorption amount at 21 MPa of methane (130 mg g-1). The methane-adsorption increment increased linearly with φw until φw = 0.35, indicating the formation of the stable methane - water clathrate of which the composition of methane to water is 1:2. Thus, the nano-order hydrates of methane should be formed in the micropore. The plausible model of the nanohydrate was proposed on the basis of the experimental results and simulation of methane adsorption.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Physical Chemistry B|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 19 1998|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry