Combined theoretical and FTIR spectroscopic studies on hydrogen adsorption on the zeolites Na-FER and K-FER.

The journal of physical chemistry. B

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Areán CO, Palomino GT, Garrone E, Nachtigallová D, Nachtigall P. Combined theoretical and FTIR spectroscopic studies on hydrogen adsorption on the zeolites Na-FER and K-FER. J Phys Chem B. 2006;110(1):395-402.
The interaction between molecular hydrogen and the alkali-metal-exchanged zeolites Na-FER and K-FER at a low temperature was investigated by combining variable-temperature infrared spectroscopy and theoretical calculations by using a periodic DFT model. The experimentally determined values of standard adsorption enthalpy, DeltaH degrees , were -6.0 (+/-0.8) and -3.5 (+/-0.8) kJ mol(-1) for Na-FER and K-FER, respectively. These results were found to be in agreement with corresponding DeltaH degrees values obtained from calculations on the periodic model. Two types of alkali-metal cation sites in FER were found: channel intersection sites and channel wall sites. Calculations showed a similar interaction energy for both site types, and similar structures of adsorption complexes. Up to two dihydrogen molecules can be physisorbed on the alkali-metal cation located on the intersection of two channels, while only one H2 molecule is physisorbed on the cation at the channel wall site. The adsorption enthalpies of H2 on alkali-metal-exchanged FER are significantly smaller than those found previously for the MFI-type zeolites Na-ZSM-5 and K-ZSM-5, which is likely due to a difference in the alkali-metal cation coordination in the two zeolite frameworks.