Pore network modeling of reaction-diffusion in hierarchical porous particles: the effects of microstructure
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A general framework based on pore network modeling is presented for simulation of reactive transport in a porous catalyst with a hierarchy of porosity. The proposed framework is demonstrated in the context of steady state reactive transport inside a nanoporous catalyst particle interlaced with macropores that result from the use of pore-formers. A comprehensive parametric study was performed to examine the influence of structural features namely macroporosity, pore size ratio, and the particle size, as well as transport properties namely pore Damköhler number, on the net reaction rate inside the particle. The results showed that depending on the Damköhler number, increasing the macroporosity does not necessarily improve the catalytic activity of the particle. It was also shown that particles with lower pore size ratios are more kinetically active. The key finding of this work was to demonstrate and quantify how microstructure influences the reactivity of hierarchical porous catalyst particles.
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Mohammad Amin Sadeghi, Mahmoudreza Aghighi, jake Barralet, Jeffrey Thomas Gostick (2017). Pore network modeling of reaction-diffusion in hierarchical porous particles: the effects of microstructure. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/12123
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