Extremely Stable Zeolites Developed via Designed Liquid-Mediated Treatment

Kenta Iyoki, Kakeru Kikumasa, Takako Onishi, Yasuo Yonezawa, Anand Chokkalingam, Yutaka Yanaba, Taiji Matsumoto, Ryota Osuga, Shanmugam P. Elangovan, Junko N. Kondo, Akira Endo, Tatsuya Okubo, Toru Wakihara

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Improving the stability of porous materials for practical applications is highly challenging. Aluminosilicate zeolites are utilized for adsorptive and catalytic applications, wherein they are sometimes exposed to high-temperature steaming conditions (∼1000 °C). As the degradation of high-silica zeolites originates from the defect sites in their frameworks, feasible defect-healing methods are highly demanded. Herein, we propose a method for healing defects to create extremely stable high-silica zeolites. High-silica (SiO2/Al2O3 > 240) zeolites with*BEA-, MFI-, and MOR-type topologies could be stabilized by significantly reducing the number of defect sites via a liquid-mediated treatment without using additional silylating agents. Upon exposure to extremely high temperature (900-1150 °C) steam, the stabilized zeolites retain their crystallinity and micropore volume, whereas the parent commercial zeolites degrade completely. The proposed self-defect-healing method provides new insights into the migration of species through porous bodies and significantly advances the practical applicability of zeolites in severe environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3931-3938
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb 26
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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