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Questions tagged [diffusion]

For questions referring to the process by which molecules move as a result of their kinetic energy.

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Determine direction of mass transfer

For part a) I don't really know what to look at. Diffusion occurs from low to high concentrations so by looking at $t_1$ I would say that the direction of the mass transfer is from phase II (organic ...
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Are there materials permeable to oxygen and carbon dioxide but not nitrogen?

Are there materials permeable to $\ce{O2}$ and $\ce{CO2}$ but not $\ce{N2}$? Would this even be possible in theory? Can it be done at even at pressures of 300 atm?
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Molar flux through membrane

Consider a liquid of pure $\ce{A}$ covered by a composite membrane through which the vapor of $\ce{A}$ is diffusing. The membrane consists of two layers of thickness $l_1$ and $l_2$. The diffusion ...
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Diffusion across a thin film

Given this concentration profile, I am to (1) determine at which side substance A will diffuse out of the membrane and (2) chose one of the following profiles below which represents the concentration ...
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Cause of imaginary part of Warburg element in EIS

In electrochemical impedance spectroscopy experiments (EIS) the diffusion of electroactive species at flat, macroscopic electrodes is commonly described by the Warburg element with the impedance ...
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How to make equal density pool dye without diffusion

I have a leak I have been struggling to find in my in-ground pool. I am losing about 1/4" of water per day and I believe the issue is one of the fittings in the bottom of the pool. There are two ...
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How can I get self-diffusion coefficient from MSD (mean sqaure displacement)

I run some molecular dynamic simulations for polymer system (liquid), and I have data of MSD vs t(time). MSD-t relation looks linear proportional. Now, which one is the proper way to calculate the ...
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Effective diffusion coefficient of a species in a heterogeneous mixture

I want to calculate the effective diffusion coefficient of hydrogen radical in a mixed-phase consisting of metal oxide, metal hydride and metal. I consider the interfaces to be diffuse. How can I ...
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Diffusion equation I can't seem to find anywhere

So I was looking through some old lecture notes from a few years back when I stumbled upon a useful and simple equation that should, according to my former professor describe the diffusion in solid ...
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Why does water diffuse from a lower solute concentration to a higher one?

I'm studying biology and this came up in the context of passive transport. I understand why, in general a gas moves down a concentration gradient (the random movement of gas particles and probability)....
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Dependency of rate of diffusion on mean free path and velocity of molecules? [duplicate]

What is the dependency of rate of diffusion ( Graham's law) on mean free path, molecular size , average velocity, collision frequency and pressure? I have searched everywhere on internet but just ...
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What coefficients can I use in a Reaction-Diffusion Equation?

I am qualitatively analyzing an abstract chemical reaction $A + B \rightarrow 2A$ where $A$ and $B$ are some liquid substances that undergo Reaction-Diffusion with a second order reaction (actually ...
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Why do two solutes permitted to diffuse simultaneously across a semi-permeable membrane both end up at equal concentrations on both sides?

Let's say we have solute a, which is highly concentrated (let's say 99%?) on side 1 of a semipermeable membrane. We also have solute b, which is has a much lower concentration (let's say 0.01%) on ...
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Diffusion experiment with dialysis membrane bag

Recently I have performed a diffusion experiment with a dialysis membrane containing methylene blue. A schematic picture of the experiment: I want to calculate the flux (amount diffused/area*time) ...
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Limit to volume change in a discretized mathematical model?

I have set up a mathematical model describing the diffusion of ozone out of a gas bubble. The bubble is surrounded by a thin gas film. So actually, the model describes the diffusion of ozone through ...
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Effect on rate of diffusion in addition of an inert gas

What will be the effect on the rate of diffusion on addition of an inert gas to the gaseous mixture? I think the rate of diffusion should increase as the addition of extra gas will increase the ...
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Diffusion rate of gases

What is the effect of temperature on diffusion rate of gases? Do the diffusion rates of gases decrease with an increase in temperature? Why? I just read it somewhere that the diffusion rate of gases ...
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How to account for the interface between two different phases in a discretized diffusion model?

I have tried to set up a model for the diffusion of a gas into a liquid. The two media are next to each other and the geometry is spherical because the system should simulate the diffusion out of a ...
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Is it possible to solve the equation for the diffusion of gas through a sphere analytically by applying e.g. “combination of variables”?

In the case of diffusion through a thin film it is possible to combine the variables in the following way: $\sigma = \frac{x}{\sqrt{4Dt}}$ where $x$=length $D$=diffusion coefficient $t$=time $\...
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how to display diffusion to a young audience?

I need to display some science topic pertaining to the atomic bombs, or atomic history in some way to children of approximately middle school level. So I've decided that something interesting to cover ...
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How is the water escaping?

I have a number of toy balls filled with a liquid-presumably water or something else non-toxic. Over about a year, the balls have gone from firm to indented as shown. The water level in one is visibly ...
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Why is entropy favorable?

I cannot seem to grasp the logic behind it. We say that more entropy (or more disordered system) is favorable over less entropy. But why? Why is randomness preferred over proper arrangement of atoms/...
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Derivation of formula used in calculating molecular mass from a mixture

In a solution to a problem, to calculate Molecular mass of unknown gas from a mixture containing $\ce{O2}$ in $80~\%$, the author used the formula : $\frac{1}{\sqrt{M_\text{mix}}}=\frac{X_{\ce{O2}}}...
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Graham's law of diffusion

The rates of diffusion of two gases $\ce{A}$ and $\ce{B}$ are in the ratio $1:4$. If the ratio of their masses present in the mixture is $2:3$, the ratio of their mole fraction is? My tries: $\frac{...
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Where to buy/How to build a Devanathan-Stachurski cell?

I'm preparing to do some hydrogen permeation tests to calculate the diffusivity of some iron samples. I would like to do this using the Devanathan-Stachurski cell, which consists of two cells, one ...
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Is there a consensus on whether amber can seal in air bubbles for millions of years?

I read about deriving the oxygen content in the atmosphere in the Cretaceous by analyzing the air trapped in bubbles in amber from that period, but I have also found papers disputing the study's ...
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Reaction-diffusion equation using Lattice-Boltzmann method

I'm struggling to get a working LBM reaction-diffusion implementation. I have a pretty weak mathematics and physics background, and thus I'm having a hard time understanding the notations around the ...
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How to write mass balance equation for the scenario when molecules are getting generated inside an sphere?

I am working on the physical understanding of diffusion through a nano machine(a shell with hollow interior in which molecules are produced) and have taken few assumptions: There is rate $r_T$ with ...
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Are there any solids that undergo diffusion?

Are there any solids that undergo diffusion? Introduction: In school, my teacher is only talking about diffusion happening in liquids and I though that it may be able to happen to solids also. ...
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What kind of unit is this [A*m^2/mol]?

I found a term on this website that gives a unit of [A*m^2/mol]. The equation is: $k_d^{eff}=\frac{2RT\kappa^{eff}}{F}(t^+-1)\left(1+\frac{\text{d}\ln(f)}{\text{d}\ln(c)}\right)$ where R is the gas ...
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Is pressure equalization “diffusion”?

There is another question on the site which is: Two containers, A and B, connected by a closed valve were evacuated and the Chlorine gas (Cl2) with a pressure of 200kPa was put into A and Oxygen (...
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Why do universal indicators in titration have to be swirled?

Why do universal indicators in titration have to be swirled? Here's a specific example: I am using methyl orange along with hydrochloric acid to test the alkalinity of a set of household cleaners (...
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When is diffusion steady-state?

Fick’s first law of diffusion can be used when $\mathrm{d}C/\mathrm{d}t=0$. If the concentration gradient is time-variant, then we must use Fick’s second law. However, when is diffusion steady-state ...