Zeolites are truly fascinating materials, first noted in the 18th century they were recognized for their interesting ability to release steam when heated. Today around 3 million tons of natural zeolite are mined for commercial use each year. Zeolites have found applications in agriculture, construction, heating, refrigeration, nuclear energy, in the petrochemical industry, as detergents and cat litter!
Unsurprisingly these materials have sparked the interest of scientists around the world since their discovery, resulting in the creation of a vast number of unique zeolitic frameworks and pushing the boundaries of chemical understanding.
The articles below have been made free to access until 8th June to give you a sample of the high impact, cutting edge research being carried out in the exciting world of zeolites!
Two-dimensional zeolites: dream or reality? Wieslaw J. Roth and Jiří Čejka, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011, 1, 43-53
Flexibility of ideal zeolite frameworks, V. Kapko, C. Dawson, M. M. J. Treacy and M. F. Thorpe, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 8531-8541
Zeolite nanosheet of a single-pore thickness generated by a zeolite-structure-directing surfactant, Jinhwan Jung, Changbum Jo, Kanghee Cho and Ryong Ryoo, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 4637-4640
Design of hierarchical zeolite catalysts by desilication, Danny Verboekend and Javier Pérez-Ramírez, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011, 1, 879-890
Solvent-free liquid phase tert-butylation of phenol over hierarchical ZSM-5 zeolites for the efficient production of 2,4-ditert-butylphenol, Yudian Song, Zile Hua, Yan Zhu, Jian Zhou, Xiaoxia Zhou, Zhicheng Liu and Jianlin Shi, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 3327-3329
Decoupling porosity and compositional effects on desilicated ZSM-5 zeolites for optimal alkylation performance, Maria Milina, Sharon Mitchell, Zair Domínguez Trinidad, Danny Verboekend and Javier Pérez-Ramírez, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 759-766
Modified zeolite ZSM-5 for the methanol to aromatics reaction, Marco Conte, Jose A. Lopez-Sanchez, Qian He, David J. Morgan, Yulia Ryabenkova, Jonathan K. Bartley, Albert F. Carley, Stuart H. Taylor, Christopher J. Kiely, Karim Khalid and Graham J. Hutchings, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 105-112
The nature of cationic adsorption sites in alkaline zeolites—single, dual and multiple cation sites, P. Nachtigall, M. R. Delgado, D. Nachtigallova and C. O. Arean, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 1552-1569
Adsorption of heavy metals on kaolinite and montmorillonite: a review, Susmita Sen Gupta and Krishna G. Bhattacharyya, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, Advance Article
Synthesis of a hierarchically macro-/mesoporous zeolite based on a micro-emulsion mechanism, Hua Li, Junjiang Jin, Wei Wu, Chongcheng Chen, Liang Li, Yongshen Li, Wenru Zhao, Jinlou Gu, Guorong Chen and Jian-lin Shi, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 19395-19401
Pore size analysis of >250 000 hypothetical zeolites, Emmanuel Haldoupis, Sankar Nair and David S. Sholl, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 5053-5060
Synthesis of a hierarchically micro–macroporous structured zeolite monolith by ice-templating, Hiroki Mori, Koji Aotani, Noriaki Sano and Hajime Tamon, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 5677-5681
Synthesis of N-heterocyclic compounds over zeolite molecular sieve catalysts: an approach towards green chemistry, V. V. Krishna Mohan Kandepi and Nama Narender, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 471-487
Zeolite microspheres with hierarchical structures: formation, mechanism and catalytic performance, Yi Shi, Xiang Li, Junkai Hu, Jinhua Lu, Yuchun Ma, Yahong Zhang and Yi Tang, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 16223-16230
Experimental and theoretical determination of adsorption heats of CO2 over alkali metal exchanged ferrierites with different Si/Al ratio, Arnošt Zukal, Angeles Pulido, Barbara Gil, Petr Nachtigall, Ota Bludský, Miroslav Rubeš and Jiří Čejka, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 6413-6422
Aluminium atomic layer deposition applied to mesoporous zeolites for acid catalytic activity enhancement, Sreeprasanth Pulinthanathu Sree, Jolien Dendooven, Tamás I. Korányi, Gina Vanbutsele, Kristof Houthoofd, Davy Deduytsche, Christophe Detavernier and Johan A. Martens, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011, 1, 218-221
Symbiosis of zeolite-like metal–organic frameworks (rho-ZMOF) and hydrogels: Composites for controlled drug release, Ramakanth Ananthoji, Jarrod F. Eubank, Farid Nouar, Hasnaa Mouttaki, Mohamed Eddaoudi and Julie P. Harmon, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 9587-9594
Styrene oligomerization as a molecular probe reaction for zeolite acidity: a UV-Vis spectroscopy and DFT study, Inge L. C. Buurmans, Evgeny A. Pidko, Jennifer M. de Groot, Eli Stavitski, Rutger A. van Santen and Bert M. Weckhuysen, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 7032-7040
If these articles have captured your interest why not take a look at Catalysis Science & Technology, Journal of Materials Chemistry and Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) for more exciting research!