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Studies from University of Crete Have Provided New Data on Nanoporous

February 25, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Researchers detail new data in Nanoporous. According to news originating from Iraklion, Greece, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Molecular dynamics simulation techniques have been employed to investigate the separation of a CO2/CH4 equimolar mixture at ambient temperature, using a recently designed 3D-carbon-based nanostructured model material as a potential molecular sieve. The calculations performed have shown that the carbon dioxide molecules are preferentially adsorbed over the methane ones, yielding a very satisfactory selectivity for carbon dioxide."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Crete, "The residence time correlation functions and mean-square displacements of the CO2 and CH4 molecules adsorbed in the nanopores have also been calculated predicting higher diffusivities for the methane molecules inside the nanostructured material, but significantly lower than in the bulk gas mixture. The translational and reorientational dynamics of the CO2 and CH4 molecules have also been investigated, indicating that in the case of CO2 they are more sensitive upon confinement."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The results obtained signify that the rational design of novel carbon-based nanostructured porous networks might lead to the development of promising candidates for the separation of CO2/CH4 mixtures, exhibiting important applications in natural gas technology."

For more information on this research see: Carbon-Based Nanoporous Networks as Media for the Separation of CO2/CH4 Mixtures: A Molecular Dynamics Approach. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013;117(38):19373-19381. Journal of Physical Chemistry C can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society -; Journal of Physical Chemistry C -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from I. Skarmoutsos, University of Crete, Dept. of Chem, Iraklion 71003, Crete, Greece. Additional authors for this research include G. Tamiolakis and G.E. Froudakis (see also Nanoporous).

Keywords for this news article include: Greece, Europe, Physics, Iraklion, Chemicals, Chemistry, Nanoporous, Carbon Dioxide, Nanotechnology, Molecular Dynamics, Emerging Technologies

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