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Advances in nanosized zeolites

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This review highlights recent developments in the synthesis of nanosized zeolites. The strategies available for their preparation (organic-template assisted, organic-template free, and alternative procedures) are discussed. Major breakthroughs achieved by the so-called zeolite crystal engineering and encompass items such as mastering and using the physicochemical properties of the precursor synthesis gel/suspension, optimizing the use of silicon and aluminium precursor sources, the rational use of organic templates and structure-directing inorganic cations, and careful adjustment of synthesis conditions (temperature, pressure, time, heating processes from conventional to microwave and sonication) are addressed. An on-going broad and deep fundamental understanding of the crystallization process, explaining the influence of all variables of this complex set of reactions, underpins an even more rational design of nanosized zeolites with exceptional properties. Finally, the advantages and limitations of these methods are addressed with particular attention to their industrial prospects and utilization in existing and advanced applications.

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The article was received on 01 Apr 2013, accepted on 17 May 2013 and first published on 21 May 2013

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR01629C
Citation: Nanoscale, 2013,5, 6693-6703
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    Advances in nanosized zeolites

    S. Mintova, J. Gilson and V. Valtchev, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 6693
    DOI: 10.1039/C3NR01629C

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