Evolution of adsorption isotherm and isosteric heat from sub-triple to super-critical points

Luis Herrera, Quang K. Loi, Luisa Prasetyo, D. D. Do

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    Abstract: We carried out a comprehensive molecular simulation to investigate the evolution of the excess isotherms and the isosteric heat with respect to temperature for argon adsorption on strong and weak substrates. The temperature ranges from well below the bulk triple point temperature to above the bulk critical temperature to show the first- (second-) order transitions and the state of the system at the bulk coexistence pressure P0, whether it is non-wetting, partial wetting or complete wetting (preceded by pre-wetting). It is found that the key parameter that affects the dependence of the transitions on temperature and the state of the system at P0 is the relative difference between the isosteric heat and the heat of sublimation (or condensation). For strong substrates, the state of the system changes from partial wetting to complete wetting when the temperature crosses the bulk triple point temperature, and for temperatures well below the bulk triple point the 2D-condensation occurs in the first and second (and possible higher) layers. For weak substrates, the state of the system changes from non-wetting to complete wetting when the temperature crosses the wetting temperature TW, which is specific to the substrate. For temperatures greater than TW, complete wetting in weak substrates only occurs at pressures close to the bulk coexistence pressure P0 via the initial stage of clustering (unfavourable adsorption), followed by a pre-wetting (known as thin-to-thick transition), and this is reflected in the increase of the isosteric heat from a value less than the heat of condensation λ and approaching λ as the pressure tends to P0

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)239-252
    Number of pages14
    JournalAdsorption
    Volume27
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2021

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