Effect of cation distribution on self-diffusion of molecular hydrogen in Na3Al3Si3O12 sodalite: A molecular dynamics study

A. W.C. Van Den Berg, Stefan T. Bromley, E. Flikkema, J. C. Jansen

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Abstract

The diffusion of hydrogen in sodium aluminum sodalite (NaAlSi-SOD) is modeled using classical molecular dynamics, allowing for full flexibility of the host framework, in the temperature range 800-1200 K. From these simulations, the self-diffusion coefficient is determined as a function of temperature and the hydrogen uptake at low equilibrium hydrogen concentration is estimated at 573 K. The influence of the cation distribution over the framework on the hydrogen self-diffusion is investigated by comparing results employing a low energy fully ordered cation distribution with those obtained using a less ordered distribution. The cation distribution is found to have a surprisingly large influence on the diffusion, which appears to be due to the difference in framework flexibility for different cation distributions, the occurrence of correlated hopping in case of the ordered distribution, and the different nature of the diffusion processes in both systems. Compared to our previously reported calculations on all silica sodalite (all-Si-SOD), the hydrogen diffusion coefficient of sodium aluminum sodalite is higher in the case of the ordered distribution and lower in case of the disordered distribution. The hydrogen uptake rates of all-Si-SOD and NaSiAl-SOD are comparable at high temperatures (∼1000 K) and lower for all-Si-SOD at lower temperatures (∼400 K).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10209-10216
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume121
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2004

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