Densification of Silica Spheres: A New Pathway to Nano-Dimensioned Zeolite-Based Catalysts

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Machoke A, Apeleo Zubiri B, Leonhardt R, Marthala V, Schmiele M, Unruh T, Hartmann M, Spiecker E, Schwieger W
Journal: Chemistry - A European Journal
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 23
Journal issue: 46
Pages range: 10983-10986
ISSN: 0947-6539


Nanosized materials are expected to play a unique role in the development of future catalytic processes. Herein, pre-prepared and geometrically well-defined amorphous silica spheres are densified into silica-rich zeolites with nanosized dimensions. After the densification, the obtained nanosized zeolites exhibit the same spherical morphology like the starting precursor but characterized by a drastically reduced size, higher density, and high crystallinity. The phase transformation into crystalline zeolite material and the densification effect are achieved through a well-controlled steam-assisted treatment of the larger precursor particles so that the transformation process proceeds always towards the center of the spheres, just like a shrinking process. Furthermore, this procedure is applicable also to commercially available silica particles, as well as aluminum-containing systems (precursors) leading to acidic nano-catalysts with improved catalytic performance.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Apeleo Zubiri, Benjamin Dr.-Ing.
Lehrstuhl für Werkstoffwissenschaften (Mikro- und Nanostrukturforschung)
Hartmann, Martin Prof. Dr.
Professur für Katalyse
Leonhardt, Rainer
Lehrstuhl für Chemische Reaktionstechnik
Machoke, Albert
Lehrstuhl für Chemische Reaktionstechnik
Marthala, Venkata Dr.
Professur für Katalyse
Schmiele, Martin
Lehrstuhl für Kristallographie und Strukturphysik
Schwieger, Wilhelm Prof. Dr.
Professur für Technische Chemie (Reaktionstechnik)
Spiecker, Erdmann Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Werkstoffwissenschaften (Mikro- und Nanostrukturforschung)
Unruh, Tobias Prof. Dr.
Professur für Nanomaterialcharakterisierung (Streumethoden)

Additional Organisation
Exzellenz-Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials

How to cite

Machoke, A., Apeleo Zubiri, B., Leonhardt, R., Marthala, V., Schmiele, M., Unruh, T.,... Schwieger, W. (2017). Densification of Silica Spheres: A New Pathway to Nano-Dimensioned Zeolite-Based Catalysts. Chemistry - A European Journal, 23(46), 10983-10986.

Machoke, Albert, et al. "Densification of Silica Spheres: A New Pathway to Nano-Dimensioned Zeolite-Based Catalysts." Chemistry - A European Journal 23.46 (2017): 10983-10986.


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