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Rapid Determination of Interfacial Tensions in Nanopores: Experimental Nanofluidics and Theoretical Models

Zhang, Kaiqiang, Jia, Na, Li, Songyan and Liu, Lirong (2019) Rapid Determination of Interfacial Tensions in Nanopores: Experimental Nanofluidics and Theoretical Models Langmuir, 35 (27). pp. 8943-8949.

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A rapid and accurate determination of interfacial tensions (IFTs) in nanopores is scientifically and practically significant, while most existing experimental measurements are restricted to the micrometer scale and theoretical calculations are relatively limited. In this study, six series of the IFT measurement tests for the binary CO2–C10, C1–C10, and N2–C10 mixtures are conducted at temperatures (T) of 25.0 and 53.0 °C in a self-manufactured nanofluidic system. Moreover, a nanoscale-extended equation-of-state model considering the effects of the confinement, intermolecular interactions, and disjoining pressure and a semianalytical correlation are proposed to calculate the IFTs of the three mixtures in bulk phase and nanopores. Third, a new Tolman length formulation is developed for the IFT corrections in nanopores. Overall, the calculated IFTs from the two theoretical methods agree well with the measured results for most cases in nanopores. On the other hand, effects of the pore scale, temperature, pressure, and fluid composition on the IFTs of the three mixtures are effectively validated and specifically investigated. One suggestion comes from this work that the two theoretical methods for calculating the IFTs are better to be applied concurrently to minimize errors. Another important future work is to include more pore surface parameter (e.g., wettability) into the theoretical model.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Authors :
Zhang, Kaiqiang
Jia, Na
Li, Songyan
Date : 25 June 2019
DOI : 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b01427
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society
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Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 14 Jul 2020 14:38
Last Modified : 14 Jul 2020 14:38

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