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Langmuir’s Theory of Adsorption: A Centennial Review
- Swenson, Hans, Stadie, Nicholas P.
- Langmuir 2019 v.35 no.16 pp. 5409-5426
- adsorbents, adsorption, chemical engineering, models, physics, sorption isotherms
- The 100th anniversary of Langmuir’s theory of adsorption is a significant landmark for the physical chemistry and chemical engineering communities. Despite its simplicity, the Langmuir adsorption model captures the key physics of molecular interactions at interfaces and laid the foundation for further progress in understanding interfacial phenomena, developing new adsorbent materials, and designing engineering processes. The Langmuir model has had an exceptional impact on diverse fields within the chemical sciences (ranging from chemical biology to materials science), an impact that became clearer with the development of modified adsorption theories and continues to be relevant today.