Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol.109, No.27, 13312-13321, 2005
Spectroscopic signatures of VOC physisorption on microporous solids. Application for trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene adsorption on MFI zeolites
This paper presents an experimental infrared spectroscopic study of the physisorption of trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) on a self-supported high silica ZSM5 zeolite. The evolution of the shape, area, and location of vibration bands of both the adsorbent and the adsorbate is analyzed with respect to the number of sorbed molecules. The state of the adsorbed phase is characterized upon adsorption by comparing the location of the investigated vibration bands with the location of the corresponding vibration bands of the chloroalkenes in gaseous, liquid, and solid phases. The singular behavior of PCE with respect, to TCE is seen from the modification of vibration bands of both the adsorbed phase and the adsorbent upon loading. The adsorption process proceeds by stages for PCE, whereas it appears continuous for TCE. Particular micropore loadings are evidenced at 4 and 6.5 molec.uc(-1) for PCE and at 6 molec.uc-1 for TCE, in agreement with previous macroscopic and microscopic data. In addition, the presence of admolecules induces at least one emerging vibration band located at around 1715 cm(-1), mainly due to a contribution of the microporous surface of the adsorbent.