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Towards the rational design of efficient organic structure-directing agents for zeolite synthesis.

Authors
  • Moliner, Manuel
  • Rey, Fernando
  • Corma, Avelino
Type
Published Article
Journal
Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Dec 23, 2013
Volume
52
Issue
52
Pages
13880–13889
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201304713
PMID: 24115577
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Zeolites are crystalline microporous materials with application in diverse fields, especially in catalysis. The ability to prepare zeolites with targeted physicochemical properties for a specific catalytic application is a matter of great interest, because it allows the efficiency of the entire chemical process to be increased (higher product yields, lower undesired by-products, less energy consumption, and cost savings, etc). Nevertheless, directing the zeolite crystallization towards the material with the desired framework topology, crystal size, or chemical composition is not an easy task, since several variables influence the nucleation and crystallization processes. The combination of accumulated knowledge, rationalization, and innovation has allowed the synthesis of unique zeolitic structures in the last few years. This is especially true in terms of the design of organic and inorganic structure-directing agents (SDAs). In this Minireview we will present the rationale we have followed in our studies to synthesize new zeolite structures, while putting this in perspective with the advances made by other researchers of the zeolite community.

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