Structural analysis of the microporous semiconductor K-SBC-1 during its reversible sorption of water
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2009

The reversible sorption of water molecules in the crystalline microporous semiconductor K-SBC-1 was investigated using temperature-resolved single-crystal XRD analysis. Three crystallographic sites of adsorbed water molecules, differing in adsorption strength, were discovered in the pores of K-SBC-1. The least tightly bound is located at the centre of the {Sb12O18} tube and begins to desorb around 50°C. Above 200°C the more strongly bound water molecules rearrange from their potassium-coordinating positions to the centre of the tube, thus obtaining the characteristics of the loosely bound water, and desorb thereafter. At 240°C approximately 10% of the water has desorbed, leaving the host framework of K-SBC-1 intact. Upon re-adsorption of water at room temperature the molecules preferentially adsorb at sites in the centre of the {Sb12O18} tube. This shows that a heat treatment of 240–300°C activates K-SBC-1 for sorption and explains the observed facile desorption of water from activated samples.

host–guest system

X-ray diffraction

microporous material

semiconductor sensor


Alexander Shulman

Chalmers, Kemi- och bioteknik, Teknisk ytkemi

Vratislav Langer

Chalmers, Kemi- och bioteknik, Oorganisk miljökemi

Anders Palmqvist

Chalmers, Kemi- och bioteknik, Teknisk ytkemi

Journal of Solid State Chemistry

0022-4596 (ISSN) 1095-726X (eISSN)

Vol. 182 2118-2121


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