Molecular simulation of adsorption and diffusion behavior of CO2 in pyrophyllite

CQ Li and SQ Liu and HQ Tian and JX Liang and YB Li, FUEL, 351, 128917 (2023).

DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2023.128917

Understanding the microscopic process of adsorption and diffusion of CO2 in clay minerals is important for geological storage of CO2. In this study, Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations are used to obtain the adsorption and diffusion behavior of CO2 in pyrophyllite slit pores. The in-fluence of split pore size, temperature, pressure, and water content were analyzed in detail. The adsorption characteristics of CO2 in pyrophyllite were revealed by discussing the distribution of CO2 density profile, adsorption capacity, isosteric heat of adsorption, interaction energy, mean square displacement, self-diffusion coefficient, and molecular orientation distribution. It shows that the excess adsorption isotherm of CO2 in py- rophyllite slit pores demonstrate significant supercritical adsorption characteristics. Surface attractions origi-nating from both pore walls overlap in the middle of pore, leading to an enhanced adsorption capacity of CO2 in pyrophyllite slit pores when pore aperture is lower than 3 nm. In pyrophyllite pores, the presence of water has an enhancing effect on CO2 adsorption when the water content is below 30 wt%. A maximum value of CO2 adsorption amount is reached at the water content of 10 wt%, while negative growth occurs at 35 wt%. At low water content, water molecules form a weak adsorption layer due to the weak attraction of pyrophyllite to water. As water content increases, the self-diffusion coefficient of the CO2 decreases, and the diffusion capacity de-creases. The adsorption state of the CO2 molecule on the mineral surface is primarily a parallel configuration, while the water molecule has no clear orientation. Our calculated results can provide guidance for further study of clay-water-adsorbate interface reaction of hydrophobic minerals.

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