Molecular exchange ofn-hexane in zeolite sieves studied by diffusion–diffusion and T1-diffusion nuclear magnetic resonance exchange spectroscopy

Molecular exchange properties and diffusion of n-hexane embedded in a bimodal pore structure with characteristic length scales in the order of nano and micrometres, respectively, formed by packing of zeolite particles, are studied. Two-dimensional (2D) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) diffusion correlation experiments together with relaxation–diffusion correlation experiments are performed at low magnetic field using a single-sided NMR scanner. The exchange time covers a range from 10−3 to 10−1 s. The molecular exchange properties are modulated by transport inside the zeolite particles. Different exchange regimes are observed for molecules starting from different positions inside the porous sample. The influence of the spin–lattice relaxation properties of the fluid molecules inside the zeolite particles on the signal intensity is also studied. A Monte Carlo simulation of the exchange process is performed and is used to support the analysis of the experimental data.

Neudert, O., Stapf, S., & Mattea, C. (2011). Molecular exchange ofn-hexane in zeolite sieves studied by diffusion–diffusion andT1-diffusion nuclear magnetic resonance exchange spectroscopy. New Journal of Physics, 13(3), 035018. https://doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/13/3/035018