Molecular dynamics simulation of gas permeabilities through polyvinyl acetate membranes

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Membrane Research Center, Faculty of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran

2 chemical engineering department, Ilam University, Ilam, Iran


Molecular Dynamics (MD) is an operative and powerful tool for forecasting of structural and performance characteristics of membranes. In the current research, the simulation techniques of MD and Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) were used to predict diffusivities, solubilities, and permeabilities of gaseous penetrants of oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2), and carbon dioxide (CO2) through a tiny cell of polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) membrane. Diffusion coefficients of the penetrants were predicted via the NVT ensemble of MD simulation employing the condensed-phase optimized molecular potentials for atomistic simulation studies (COMPASS) force field up to simulation time of 500 ps and their solubilities were predicted by employing GCMC method. Then accordingly, the CO2, N2, and O2 penetrants’ permeabilities through the PVAc membrane were calculated as 4.661, 0.304, and 0.034 Barrer. The MD simulated permeabilities showed 9.8, 35.3 and 52.1 % of relative errors, respectively, as compared with the experimentally measured ones. The simulated results reveal acceptable accuracies.


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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 15 April 2023
  • Receive Date: 13 January 2023
  • Revise Date: 15 March 2023
  • Accept Date: 15 April 2023
  • First Publish Date: 15 April 2023