Anomalous diffusion and the adsorption-desorption process in anisotropic media

Anomalous diffusion and the adsorption-desorption process in anisotropic media

E. K. Lenzi, L. R. Evangelista, G. Barbero, F. Mantegazza, Europhysics Letters 85, 28004 (2009). PDF | DOI

The diffusive process of dispersed particles in a semi-infinite cell of an anisotropic fluid limited by an adsorbing surface is theoretically investigated. The densities of bulk and surface particles are analytically determined, taking into account the conservation of the number of particles immersed in the sample. It is shown that an anomalous diffusion process can take place according to the time scale considered. For short time interval there is a sub-diffusion process, followed by a super-diffusive regime. For large time interval the diffusive process tends to a normal behavior. The analysis is suitable for the description of the adsorption phenomena of neutral as well as charged particles in anisotropic media.