Electrostatic Aspects of Physical Adsorption: Implications for Molecular Sieves and Gaseous Anesthesia

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Science  24 Dec 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3704, pp. 1710-1713
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3704.1710


The equations of electrostatics are applied to the adsorption of gases on molecular sieves; separations on sieves are caused not by the size of molecules but by electrostatic forces between the gases and the strong electric fields of the sieves. Electrostatic interactions can also explain the phenomenon of general anesthesia.