A study of cyclohexane diffusion in hybrid (organic/inorganic) gels monitored by an oscillating balance reactor

Gustavo Larsen, David Vu, Rosa Venturini, Hugo S. Silva

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Hybrid (organic/inorganic) gels are studied in terms of cyclohexane diffusion transients with an oscillating balance reactor (OBR) which, unlike conventional microbalances, has the well-defined gas flow profile characteristics of packed beds (PB's). The OBR-based flow-through adsorption system, when properly designed, has very good time resolution and is particularly useful in modeling adsorption processes under more realistic PB geometries. With the test sample adopted in this study, the "semirigid" nature of hybrid gels becomes apparent when simple relaxation models are chosen to fit experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-404
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002



  • Diffusion
  • Hybrid gel
  • Microbalance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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