Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1994, 59, 1525-1535

Sorption Kinetics of p-Ethyltoluene in NaH-ZSM-5 Crystals-Simultaneous Effect of Intracrystalline Diffusion and a Mass Transport Resistance within the Crystal Surface

André Mickea, Peter Struvea, Martin Bülowb, Milan Kočiříkc and Arlette Zikánovác

a Center of Heterogeneous Catalysis, Rudower Chaussee 5, D 12489 Berlin-Adlershof, Germany
b The BOC Group, Technical Center, 100 Mountain Avenue, Murray Hill, NJ 07974, U.S.A.
c J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 182 23 Prague 8, Czech Republic


Adsorption equilibrium and sorption uptake data have been measured for the system p-ethyltoluene/NaH-ZSM-5 zeolite under constant volume/variable pressure condition at elevated ambient temperature of 343 K. The equilibrium data are described by a superposition of two Langmuir isotherms. The uptake curves observed in the present paper revealed devations from the second Fick law behaviour. The experimental uptake curves are compatible with rate mechanism involving Fickian diffusion superimposed by a surface barrier. The evaluation of the model parameters was carried out by simulation of the kinetic curves that include both the interactions of the system with the apparatus and the intrinsic sorption kinetics. The dependence of the fitted model parameters on sorbent amount and pressure, respectively, is consistent with Langmuir sorption kinetics at crystal surface on one side and with the concept of molecule jumps on a system of fixed positions in the crystal bulk on the other.