Molecular accessibility in oxidized and dried coals. Quarterly report, 1996

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The objective of this research project is to determine the molecular and structural changes that occur in swelled coal as a result of oxidation and moisture loss both in the presence and absence of light using our newly developed EPR spin probe method. The proposed study will make it possible to deduce the molecular accessibility distribution in swelled, oxidized APCS coal for each rank as a function of (1) size (up to 6 nm) and shape, (2) the relative acidic/basic reactive site distributions, and (3) the role of hydrogen bonding as a function of swelling solvents. The advantage of the ... continued below

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Kispert, L.D. June 1, 1996.

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The objective of this research project is to determine the molecular and structural changes that occur in swelled coal as a result of oxidation and moisture loss both in the presence and absence of light using our newly developed EPR spin probe method. The proposed study will make it possible to deduce the molecular accessibility distribution in swelled, oxidized APCS coal for each rank as a function of (1) size (up to 6 nm) and shape, (2) the relative acidic/basic reactive site distributions, and (3) the role of hydrogen bonding as a function of swelling solvents. The advantage of the EPR method is that it permits molecules of selected shape, size and chemical reactivity to be used as probes of molecular accessible regions of swelled coal. From such data an optimum catalyst can be designed to convert oxidized coal into a more convenient form and methods can be devised to lessen the detrimental weathering processes. It appears that the observed binary swelling data for the APCS coals studied to date can be explained in terms of four different processes: one, disruption of weak hydrogen bonds which protect or isolate the interconnected micropore system; two, disruption of weak hydrogen bonds which protect individual micropores; three, the competition of pyridine for the active sites capable of establishing hydrogen bonds or the `poisoning` of active sites; four, disruption of stronger hydrogen bonds within the macromolecular structure which cause an opening of the structure. The contributions of each of these factors to the spin probe retention with increasing concentrations of pyridine vary up to 5% pyridine. At concentrations above 5% pyridine, the first factor becomes less significant, and variations in the others require greater changes in pyridine concentration.

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OSTI as DE97050015

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  • Other: DE97050015
  • Report No.: DOE/PC/93202--11
  • Grant Number: FG22-93PC93202
  • DOI: 10.2172/436454 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 436454
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc687099

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Kispert, L.D. Molecular accessibility in oxidized and dried coals. Quarterly report, 1996, report, June 1, 1996; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc687099/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.