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The comparison of experimental and calculated pore size distributions of activated carbons

Stoeckli, Fritz ; Guillot, André ; Slasli, Abdou ; Hugi-Cleary, Deirdre

In: Carbon, 2002, vol. 40, no. 3, p. 383-388

Activated carbons are disorganized materials with variable pore size distributions (PSD). If one assumes that the porosity consists mainly of locally slit-shaped micropores, model isotherms can be obtained by computer simulations and used to assess the PSD on the basis of experimental isotherms. In the present study, CO2 isotherms have been measured at 273 K on seven well-characterized... Plus

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    Summary
    Activated carbons are disorganized materials with variable pore size distributions (PSD). If one assumes that the porosity consists mainly of locally slit-shaped micropores, model isotherms can be obtained by computer simulations and used to assess the PSD on the basis of experimental isotherms. In the present study, CO2 isotherms have been measured at 273 K on seven well-characterized microporous carbons with average micropore widths between 0.65 and 1.5 nm and analysed with model isotherms obtained with standard Monte Carlo simulations. The resulting PSD are in good agreement with those obtained from a modified Dubinin equation, from liquid probes of molecular dimensions between 0.4 and 1.5 nm, from STM and from modelling based on CH4 adsorption at 308 K. The present study validates the determination of micropore distributions in active carbons based on CO2 isotherms, provided that no gate effects are present.