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**高等輸送二 — 質傳 Lecture 5 Diffusion of interacting species**

郭修伯 助理教授

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**Interactions between diffusing molecules**

These interactions can strongly affect the apparent diffusion coefficients chemical interactions affecting diffusion solute-solute interactions especially in strong electrolytes solute-solvent interactions includes solvation, spinodal decomposition solute-boundary interactions in porous solids with fluid-filled pores

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**solute-solute interactions**

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**Diffusion of strong electrolytes**

0.1 M sodium chloride solution passes an electric current one million times more easily than water does (i.e., sodium ions and chloride ions move freely through the solution) The large ion size relative to electrons means that such a solution passes current ten thousand times less easily than a metal does. Ionic diffusion coefficient (Table p.143) value ~ 10-5 cm2/sec, measured largely in electrochemistry several methods, including tracer diffusion determinations The proton (H+) and the hydroxyl (OH-) are fast and big fat organic ions are slow.

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**Diffusion coefficient of electrolytes**

We know that the diffusion coefficient: Cl- > Na+ , what is its value for NaCl? Analogy to an old grandfather and a young girl. The diffusion of a large, fat cation (the positive ions) and a small, quick anion (the negative ions) will be dominated by the slower ion. We consider that a sodium ion in dilute solution follows the Fick’s law (avoid the complicated reference velocity): But the electric field will affect diffusion?

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**The ion velocity is proportional to the sum of the forces acting on it:**

Ionic charge Faraday’s constant Electrostatic potential Chemical forces Electrical forces Ion mobility ui: physical property of the ion ~

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**The Nernst-Plank equation**

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**Single strong 1-1 electrolyte**

Ionizes completely, producing equal numbers of cations and anions. The concentrations of anions and cations may vary through the solutions, the concentrations and the concentration gradients of these species are equal everywhere because of electroneutrality: The ion fluxes: Current density Magnitude of the ionic charge 1 and 2 refer to cation and anion, respectively

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**The basic flux equation for each ion:**

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**When the solution is well mixed:**

When there is no current: The harmonic average diffusion coefficient of the electrolyte, dominated by the slower ions. When the solution is well mixed: The arithmetic average of the ion diffusion coefficients, called the “transference number”, is dominated by the faster ion.

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**The faster protons carry 82% of the current.**

Diffusion of hydrogen chloride what is the diffusion coefficient at 25ºC for a very dilute solution of HCl in water? What is the transference number for the proton under these conditions? The slow ion dominates! The faster protons carry 82% of the current.

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**The flux for a single non-1-1 electrolyte**

Non-1-1 electrolytes The basic flux equation: The constraints on concentration and flux at zero current: When there is no electrostatic potential: (Harned and Owen, 1950) The total electrolyte flux and the total electrolyte concentrations: The flux for a single non-1-1 electrolyte

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**Diffusion of lanthanum chloride**

What is the diffusion coefficient of 0.001M lanthanum chloride? or

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**Diffusion of lanthanum chloride in excess sodium chloride**

How will the result of the previous example be changed if the lanthanum chloride differs through 1M NaCl? The diffusion of dilute LaCl3 in concentrated NaCl is dominated by the diffusion of the uncommon ion, La3+.

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**Diffusion versus conductance**

Diffusion coefficient can be difficult to measure. How about in the solutions of electrolytes? The conductance of a single electrolyte in solution is most easily measured in a conductance cell. (Evans and Matesich, 1973) The electrical resistance of the stirred solution is measured with a Wheatstone bridge and a rapidly oscillating AC field or fixed maximum voltage, so that the solution remains homogeneous throughout the experiment. The resistance is inversely proportional to the current through the cell, but the current, in turn, is proportional to the ion fluxes:

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The proportional constant Kcell in this relation is a function of the electrode area, the electrode separation, and the cell shape. It is found by calibration of the cell, most commonly with a potassium chloride solution. How to apply to the diffusion coefficient measurement? The equivalent conductance can be accurately measured. In many practical problems, the ion transport is well described by assuming that is a constant.

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? i is the equivalent ionic conductance. It is a function of the ion mobility and the charge. Therefore, it is closely related to the ionic diffusion through the mobilities : T = 298K We can then use this equation to measure the ionic conductance, and then the ionic diffusion coefficient. 1-1 electrolyte Compared to the real case for D: Arithmetic mean Harmonic mean The two cases will be the same only when both ions have the same mobility. But...

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Estimate the diffusion coefficient of CaCl2 from conductance measurement. The equivalent ionic conductance at infinite dilute is 59.5 for Ca2+ and 76.4 for Cl-.

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**Diffusion of associating solute**

Solutes associate to form aggregates. Studied as early as Arrhenius (1884) suggested that materials like acetic acid partially dissociated in water. Consider diffusion of potassium chloride across two thin membranes. The first membrane is a thin film of water. At steady state: B.C. How about the second thin membrane? The second membrane consists of a chloroform solution of a macrocyclic polyether.

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The dielectric constant of the second membrane is low, the potassium and chloride ions are largely associated as ion pairs: The ions are stuck together with electrostatic glue: B.C. The diffusion coefficient is that of the ion pairs, not the average of the ions. The flux is now proportional to the square of the potassium chloride concentration. Diffusion coefficient is a function of concentration; may result from solute association.

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Weak Electrolytes Produce solutions of a cation, an anion and molecule in equilibrium with each other: Mass balance on the ion (species 1) and on the molecules (species 2) at steady state: The rate of formation of the molecules

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B.C. Function of concentration

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**Diffusion of acetic acid**

What is the diffusion coefficient of the acetic acid molecule if the apparent diffusion coefficient of acetic acid is 1.80 x 10-5 cm2/sec at 25°C and 10M? The pKa of acetic acid is The pKa of a weak acid HA is defined as:

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**Detergent sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS)**

Detergent molecules remains separate at low concentration but then suddenly aggregate. The aggregates are called “micelles”. The oil-bearing particles are captured in the micelles (i.e., an ionic hydrophilic skin surrounding an oily hydrophobic core). Many monomers form one size micelle

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**Steady-state diffusion in such a system of monomer and micelle:**

For monomer For micelle Critical micelle concentration Works for nonionic detergent and ionic detergents at high ionic strength!

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**Isodesmic aggregation**

Aggregate gently, resulting in a slow and steady deviation from the unaggregated limit. A stacking of dye molecules can form this type aggregation. When the ease of stacking is the same for all sizes in the stack, this aggregation is called “isodesmic”.

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**Summary for solute-solute interaction**

Our goal: derive the apparent diffusion coefficient for... strong electrolyte: electrostatic weak electrolyte: dimer dyes and detergents: large aggregates

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**Solvation Solute-solvent interaction is considered.**

Solute and solvent combine to form a new species, which is that actually diffusing. For water, it is called hydration. Assumption: solute’s flux is proportional to chemical potential gradient diffusion coefficient in dilute solution is given by Stoke-Einstein equation D0 is a new diffusion coefficient, is the solvent viscosity, R0 is the solute radius, and 1 is an activity coefficient.

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**Hydration can affect the solute radius:**

molar volume of water the number of water molecules bound to a solute, the hydration number true solute radius Hydration decreases diffusion. Hydration can affect the concentration (Scatchard, 1921): Hydration increases diffusion.

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**The author of the textbook, E. L**

The author of the textbook, E.L. Cussler was not too sure about the hydration theory. He mentioned the ideas of “water structure” for several ions and the “jump mechanism” for proton to describe the diffusion coefficient of the ions. Water structure: ion can either destroy or enhance the water structure. Because of this, the viscosity of the water changes, and the motion of the ions is affected. Proton motion: refer to page 166.

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**Diffusion near critical or consolute points**

Solute and solvent are on the verge of a phase separation. Solute and solvent are not randomly distributed, but tend to form small clusters of molecules of one species (i.e., solute and solvent do not like each other) Consolute points represent the temperature and composition where two liquids become miscible in all properties. Near the upper consolute point and the lower consolute point, the binary diffusion coefficient drops to zero. Why?

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First explanation: diffusion flux is proportional to chemical potential gradient chemical potential per molecule in terms of activity 1c1 At the consolute point, , D ~ 0 Not exactly fit the experimental observation in temp.

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**Second explanation: Modified Fick’s law near the consolute points**

The linear form of Fick’s law include higher terms. Similar to the flow of non-Newtonian fluids which require higher terms than that in Newton’s law of viscosity. This expression fits the zero diffusion coefficient near the consolute points and the temperature dependence. However, it does not show fit the experimental results in the concentration profile in a free-diffusion experimental data.

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Third explanation: Long-range fluctuations dominate behaviour near the consolute point When fluctuations of concentration and of fluid velocity couple, diffusion occurs: ordinary condition: the concentration fluctuations are dominated by motion of a single molecule near the critical point: the concentration fluctuations exist even when the average fluid velocity is zero. (similar to a turbulent eddy diffusion, but without flow) ~ the average size of a cluster, (function of thermodynamic factor) Best of the three explanations (Cussler, 1980)

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Phase separation Cool to its equilibrium condition is a two-phase mixture. Separation begins as soon as the solution is cooled below its phase boundary or its “binodal”. The region just below this boundary is metastable, waiting for events that cause phase separation. The phase separation begins with nucleation of small droplets of the new phase. These droplets grow with time.

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**Spinodal decomposition**

The original solutions is rapidly quenched （驟冷）. The equilibrium condition drops suddenly through the binodal and below the spinodal curve. The spinodal curve is the lower boundary of the metastable region. Below this curve, the solution is unstable and phase separation is immediate no small dust particles are needed to nucleate the phase separation the separation is spontaneous and fast (Mazurin, 1984) is the interfacial influence

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Mass balance If i is positive, the concentration fluctuations decay and the solution stays homogeneous; if it is negative, the concentration fluctuations grow over time and the phase separation proceeds.

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**In the shortest negative time, the fluctuation grows fasted (i.e., )**

Eliminate Characteristic length: the size of the molecules or clusters (maybe 10-9 nm) With reasonable values into this equation, we have min ~ sec (very fast!!)

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**solute-boundary interactions**

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**Solute - boundary interaction**

When a solute diffuses through small pores, its speed may be affected by the size and the chemistry of the pores. Diffusion in a porous media (p.173) the effects of longer pores and smaller areas are often lumped together in the definition of a new, effective, diffusion coefficient Deff Diffusion coefficient within the pores Tortuosity (2~6, average about 3) Void fraction

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**Diffusion in periodic composite**

Assumption diffusion take places both in the interstitial region between the spheres and through the spheres themselves (p.173) Maxwell, 1873 Void fraction of the spheres in the composite materials Diffusion coefficient in the interstitial pores Diffusion coefficient through the spheres

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The diffusion coefficient of KCl through a protein gel is 6x10-7 cm2/sec. However, the gel is not homogeneous, because it contains water droplets about 10-2 cm in diameter that are separated by only 2x10-2 cm. The diffusion in these water droplets is about 2x10-5 cm2/sec. What is the diffusion in the homogeneous gel? D = 5 x 10-7 cm2/sec

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**Diffusion in a cylindrical pore**

Several effects possible in a straight cylindrical pore is shown in P.176. The flux through the largest pores tends to be fastest, and that through the smallest pores tends to be slowest. High flux often with low selectivity and vice versa.

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**A gas flowing in a small cylindrical pore will obey the Hagen-Pouiseville law:**

pore diameter pressure drop across the pore gas viscosity gas viscosity Flux from convection How can we tell the difference? By selectivity! Compared to: flux from diffusion permeability

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**Pores affect the transportation**

Knudsen diffusion The diffusing solute interacts only with the pore wall Dominated by the distance between molecular collisions and the pore diameter Hindered diffusion The solute size is less than the pore size but comparable to it and the solvent size is much smaller Sieving Both solute and solvent are of sizes comparable to the pore Transport of linear and branched alkanes into zeolites Osmosis membrane Chemical effects

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**Knudsen diffusion Small Kn Large Kn mean free path**

The Knudsen number, Kn is defined as: pore diameter Small Kn effective coefficients and tortuosities are capable to describe the transportation and Knudsen diffusion is not important for example, liquid (l ~ a few angstroms) Large Kn diffusion is dominated by collisions with the boundary for example, gas air at room temperature and pressure, > 600 angstroms hydrogen at 300°C and 1 atm, > 2000 angstroms collision diameter of the diffusing species

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**Apply the ideas from kinetic theory of rigid spheres:**

molecular velocity pore diameter (instead of mean free path) The Knudsen diffusion coefficient is independent of pressure and of the molecular weight of the second species.

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**Hindered diffusion: as a rigid sphere in a solvent continuum that fills the pore**

The solute’s transport is retarded by the viscous drag of the solvent, which is affected by the proximity if the pore wall. Rankin equation (Gaydos and Brenner, 1978) solute diameter divided by the pore diameter Stokes-Einstein diffusion coefficient

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**Capillary condensation**

Chemical effect Capillary condensation a small effect resulted from the increased vapor pressure of a liquid inside a pore it exists only when a surface tension exists not work for separation of air (c.p. = 155K)at room temperature, but works for separation of CO2 (c.p. = 304K) and methane at room temperature Surface diffusion important, especially for gases When the adsorption is physical, the adsorption energy is less than kBT, and the adsorbed solutes are highly mobile. When the adsorption is chemical, the adsorption energy is greater than kBT, and the adsorbed solutes are more tightly bound. Ds: surface diffusion coefficient (~ 10-5 cm2/sec, like liquid ?) l: diaphragm thickness : diaphragm cross-sectional area like solid?

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