Adsorption of methyl iodide on reduced silver-functionalized silica aerogel: Kinetics and modeling

Siqi Tang, Seungrag Choi, Yue Nan, Lawrence L. Tavlarides

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The low concentration methyl iodide (CH3I) adsorption process on reduced silver-functionalized silica aerogel (Ag0-Aerogel) was studied. The kinetic data were acquired using a continuous flow adsorption system. Because the corresponding physical process was observed, the shrinking core model (SCM) was modified and applied. An average CH3I pore diffusivity was calculated, the CH3I-Ag0-Aerogel reaction was identified as a 1.40 order reaction instead of first order reaction, and the nth order reaction rate constant was determined. This modified SCM significantly increases the accuracy of adsorption behavior prediction at low adsorbate concentration. Modeling results indicate that the overall adsorption process is controlled by the pore diffusion. However, at low adsorbate concentration (ppbv level), the CH3I adsorption is limited to the surface reaction due to the low uptake rate in a predictable time period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere17137
JournalAIChE Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • adsorption
  • iodine removal
  • separation
  • shrinking core model
  • silver aerogel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Chemical Engineering


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