Steam adsorption on molecular sieve 3A for sorption enhanced reaction processes

Jasper van Kampen (Corresponding author), Jurriaan Boon, Martin van Sint Annaland

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Steam adsorption enhanced reaction processes are a promising process intensification for many types of reactions, where water is formed as a byproduct. To assess the potential of these processes, adequate models are required that accurately describe water adsorption, particularly under the desired elevated temperatures and pressures. In this work, an adsorption isotherm is presented for H2O adsorption at 200–350 °C and 0.05–4.5 bar partial pressure on molecular sieve (LTA) 3A. The isotherm has been developed on the basis of experimental data obtained from a thermogravimetric analysis and integrated breakthrough curves. The experimental data at lower steam partial pressures can be described with a Generalized Statistical Thermodynamic Adsorption (GSTA) isotherm, whereas at higher steam partial pressures the experimental data can be adequately captured by capillary condensation. Based on the characteristics of the adsorbent particles, a linear driving force relation has been derived for the adsorption mass transfer rate and the apparent micropore diffusivity is determined. The isotherm and mass transport model presented here prove to be adequate for modelling and improved evaluation of steam adsorption enhanced reaction processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577–589
Number of pages13
Issue number4
Early online dateNov 2020
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • Capillary condensation
  • H O adsorption
  • LTA
  • Linear driving force
  • Molecular sieve
  • Sorption enhanced reaction


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