KLER Pablo Alejandro
Design and operational limits of an ATR-FTIR spectroscopic microreactor for investigating reactions at liquid--solid interface
AGUIRRE A.; KLER, PABLO A.; BERLI, CLAUDIO L. A.; COLLINS, SEBASTIÁN E.
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL
ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2014 vol. 243 p. 197 - 206
This work presents the design and characterization of an optimized attenuated total reflection (ATR) microfluidic cell to assess intrinsic kinetic parameters of reactions at the liquid/solid interface under chemical control. A theoretical and computational investigation of convection, diffusion, and adsorption is presented. Transport dynamics in transient-flow experiments is characterized by a convective and diffusive mass transport of the solution species to the surface of the ATR crystal. Criteria to determine the mass transport limitations of the adsorption process are presented as a function of the Damköhler and Biot numbers. The CO adsorption on a thin film of platinum is studied in order to validate the model.