Special Issue "Diffusion in Micropores and Mesopores 2013"


A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Porous Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sergey Vasenkov
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 423 ChE Bldg., PO Box 116005, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Website: http://www.che.ufl.edu/faculty/vasenkov/
E-Mail: svasenkov@che.ufl.edu
Phone: +1 352 392 0315
Fax: +1 352 392 9513
Interests: transport in porous materials with hierarchy of pore sizes; dynamics in room temperature ionic liquids; single-file diffusion in nanochannels; separations of greenhouse gases

Guest Editor
Dr. Christian Chmelik
Department of Interface Physics, University of Leipzig, Linnéstr. 5, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Website: http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~gfp/chmelik
E-Mail: chmelik@physik.uni-leipzig.de
Phone: +49 341 9732531
Fax: +49 341 9732549
Interests: micro-imaging of diffusion in nanoporous materials; host-guest interactions; mixture diffusion; reaction-diffusion patterns

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Detailed understanding of transport properties of mesoporous and microporous materials is essential for a wide range of applications involving transport of molecules and ions in pore networks of these materials. Such applications include catalysis, separations, molecular storage and sensor development. A truly remarkable progress was recently made in the development and fabrication of novel mesoporous and microporous materials such as mesoporoussilicas, metal-organic framework materials (MOFs), single wall carbon nanotubes and zeolites. In additional to materials with uniform or similar pore sizes, also hierarchical and hybrid porous solids were introduced. Functionalization of pore walls with various types of active groups allows for optimization of porous solids for different types of applications. All this complexity in the structural properties of novel porous materials leads to a complexity in intrapore transport. Recent studies of sorbate diffusion in mesoporous and microporous materials resulted in fascinating discoveries related to normal diffusion, and also anomalous diffusion, such as single-file diffusion in nanochannels. Such discoveries become possible due to most recent development of many new experimental techniques allowing monitoring molecular transport on various length scales of displacements under different experimental conditions and by the further development and application of multiscale computer simulations.

Prof. Dr. Sergey Vasenkov
Dr. Christian Chmelik
Guest Editors


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  • microporous
  • mesoporous
  • hierarchical materials
  • sorbate diffusion
  • permeation
  • transport optimization

Published Papers (6 papers)

by , , , , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(10), 4309-4323; doi:10.3390/ma6104309
Received: 31 May 2013; in revised form: 14 June 2013 / Accepted: 24 September 2013 / Published: 27 September 2013
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by , , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(9), 3688-3709; doi:10.3390/ma6093688
Received: 1 July 2013; in revised form: 16 August 2013 / Accepted: 19 August 2013 / Published: 26 August 2013
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Materials 2013, 6(8), 3598-3609; doi:10.3390/ma6083598
Received: 27 June 2013; in revised form: 23 July 2013 / Accepted: 13 August 2013 / Published: 19 August 2013
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by  and
Materials 2013, 6(7), 3007-3021; doi:10.3390/ma6073007
Received: 3 June 2013; in revised form: 10 July 2013 / Accepted: 11 July 2013 / Published: 19 July 2013
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by , , , , , , , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(7), 2662-2688; doi:10.3390/ma6072662
Received: 2 May 2013; in revised form: 12 June 2013 / Accepted: 17 June 2013 / Published: 4 July 2013
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by , ,  and
Materials 2013, 6(6), 2464-2482; doi:10.3390/ma6062464
Received: 9 May 2013; in revised form: 4 June 2013 / Accepted: 5 June 2013 / Published: 17 June 2013
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Last update: 1 February 2013

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