Dependence of the adsorption of halogenated methane derivatives at the ice surface on their chemical structure

Ildikó Sumi, Sylvain Picaud, Pál Jedlovszky

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The adsorption of all the fluorinated and chlorinated methane derivatives as well as methane itself at the surface of Ih ice is studied at the tropospheric temperature of 200 K by grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations. The general behaviour of the obtained isotherms is in good accordance with existing experimental data, giving us confidence in the models used. The shape of the adsorption isotherms is discussed in terms of the interplay of adhesive and cohesive interactions. It is found that in cases when the former of the two interactions is clearly the stronger one, multilayer adsorption occurs; when the latter interaction is the dominant one, no considerable adsorption is observed, while in cases when the two interactions are of roughly the same strength, the formation of a saturated monolayer occurs. The isotherms exhibit the Langmuir shape, at least up to the pressures where multilayer adsorption starts to occur, given that the cohesion acting between the adsorbate molecules is only moderately strong. Too strong cohesion, on the other hand, leads to the deviation of the isotherm from the Langmuir shape. While the strength of cohesion depends on the properties of the adsorbate molecules, that of adhesion is determined by hydrogen bond formation between the adsorbed molecules and surface waters. Our results show that while CH3F and CH3Cl form several weak, C–H donated hydrogen bonds with the surface molecules of the ice phase, the adsorbates containing more than one halogen atom form only one, though strong, O–H donated hydrogen bond with them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Molecular Liquids
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


  • Adsorption
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Grand canonical Monte Carlo
  • Halogenated methane derivatives
  • Ice surface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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