Theoretical Studies of Energetics and Diffusion of Aromatic Compounds in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Academic Article uri icon


  • Atomic and molecular interactions of aromatic compounds in carbon dioxide are studied with ab initio and molecular dynamics techniques. Ab initio calculations are used to determine the nature of the CO2-CO2, CO2-benzene and benzene-benzene interactions. We select an explicit all-atom force field without partial atomic charges to describe the intermolecular and intramolecular pair interactions of CO2with benzene and toluene. Molecular dynamics simulations are used to calculate diffusion coefficients for benzene and toluene at infinite dilution in CO2along isotherms at 313.15, 323.15, and 333.15 K, in the density range from 1.35cto 2.10c(c= critical CO2density). Diffusion coefficients are also calculated with a model based on perturbation theory of simple liquids. The calculated diffusion coefficients agree fairly well with the experimental results of Suarez et al.

published proceedings

  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

author list (cited authors)

  • Coelho, L., Marchut, A., de Oliveira, J. V., & Balbuena, P. B.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Coelho, LA Ferreira||Marchut, A||de Oliveira, JV||Balbuena, PB

publication date

  • January 2000