On the behavior of solutions of xenon in liquid n -alkanes: Solubility of xenon in n -pentane and n -hexane

Rui P. M. F. Bonifácio, Luís F. G. Martins, Clare McCabe, Eduardo J. M. Filipe

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The solubility of xenon in liquid n-pentane and n-hexane has been studied experimentally, theoretically, and by computer simulation. Measurements of the solubility are reported for xenon + n-pentane as a function of temperature from 254 to 305 K. The uncertainty in the experimental data is less than 0.15%. The thermodynamic functions of solvation such as the standard Gibbs energy, enthalpy, and entropy of solvation have been calculated from Henry's law coefficients for xenon + n-pentane solutions and also for xenon + n-hexane, which were reported in previous work. The results provide a further example of the similarity between the xenon + n-alkane interaction and the n-alkane + n-alkane interactions. Using the SAFT-VR approach we were able to quantitatively predict the experimental solubility for xenon in n-pentane and semiquantitatively that of xenon in n-hexane using simple Lorentz-Berthelot combining rules to describe the unlikely interaction. Henry's constants at infinite dilution for xenon + n-pentane and xenon + n-hexane were also calculated by Monte Carlo simulation using a united atom force field to describe the n-alkane and the Widom test particle insertion method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15897-15904
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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