The role of water in methane adsorption and diffusion within nanoporous silica investigated by hyperpolarized 129Xe and 1H PFG NMR spectroscopy
water adsorption, nanopores, diffusion, hyperpolarized 129Xe, nuclear magnetic resonance
ABSTRACT Understanding the properties and behavior of water molecules in restricted geometries, such as the nanopores of rocks, is of interest for shale gas exploitation. We present herein ex situ and in situ nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies on the effects of water on the adsorption and diffusion of methane in nanopores. Silica materials with one-dimensional pores of ZSM-22, MCM-41, and SBA-15, with pore sizes ranging from 0.5 to 6 nm, were chosen as models. Hyperpolarized (HP) 129Xe NMR results show that water adsorption does not affect the pore sizes of ZSM-22 and MCM-41 but reduces that of SBA-15. The presence of water suppresses methane adsorption; this suppression effect is stronger in smaller pores. The self-diffusion coefficients of methane within ZSM-22 and MCM-41 are not significantly influenced by the presence of water, as measured by 1H pulsed field gradient (PFG) NMR. However, within SBA-15, which has a pore size of 6 nm, the diffusion coefficient of methane increases as the amount of water adsorption increases, peaks, and then decreases to a constant value with further water adsorption. These experiments reveal the effects of the pore size and the presence of water on methane adsorption and diffusion in constrained spaces, which could have important implications for flow simulations of methane in shales.
Tsinghua University Press
Yuanli Hu,Mingrun Li,Guangjin Hou,Shutao Xu,Ke Gong,Xianchun Liu,Xiuwen Han,Xiulian Pan,Xinhe Bao, The role of water in methane adsorption and diffusion within nanoporous silica investigated by hyperpolarized 129Xe and 1H PFG NMR spectroscopy. NanoRes.2018, 11(1): 360–369