A method is proposed to estimate the enthalpy associated with the desorption of liquid molecules away from a solid surface as a function of temperature using a generic statistical thermodynamic formulation with known intermolecular potentials. This paper specifically focuses on coupling the well-known Redlich-Kwong fluid model with the interactive pair potential models between fluid molecules and a graphite surface. An example is applied where an approximate Lennard-Jones 6–12 intermolecular model dictates fluid-fluid molecule interaction, while the Steele potential is applied for the graphite-fluid interaction. Predictions suggest that the adsorption enthalpy of methanol on graphite is approximately 0.1 J/m2. A new metric is also established that suggests the qualitative magnitude of adsorption enthalpy for a variety of fluids, with alcohols and acetone appearing to be the most favorable.

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