Adsorption experiments have been interpreted frequently with simplified model geometries, such as ideally flat surfaces and slit or cylindrical pores. Recent explorations of unusual environments, such as fullerenes and metal-organic-framework materials, have led to a broadened scope of experimental, theoretical and simulation investigations. This paper reviews a number of such studies undertaken by our group. Among the topics receiving emphasis are these: universality of gas uptake in pores, relaxation of a porous absorbent due to gas uptake and the novel phases of gases on a single nanotube, all of which studies have been motivated by recent experiments.

Meeting Name

26th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (2011, Aug. 10-17, Beijing, China)


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering


United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Petroleum Research Fund


We acknowledge supports by DOE, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program (DEFG36-08GO18139), to Penn State, and by NSF and PRF to Howard University.

Keywords and Phrases

Crystalline materials; Gas adsorption; Low temperature effects; Organometallics; Temperature; Yarn; Adsorption experiment; Cylindrical Pores; Flat surfaces; Gas uptake; Metal organic framework materials; Model geometry; Single nanotubes; Gases

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Dec 2012