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Nanosized microporous crystals: emerging applications

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This review highlights recent developments in the synthesis and unconventional applications of nanosized microporous crystals including framework (zeolites) and layered (clays) type materials. Owing to their microporous nature nanosized zeolites and clays exhibit novel properties, different from those of bulk materials. The factors controlling the formation of nanosized microporous crystals are first revised. The most promising approaches from the viewpoint of large-scale production of nanosized zeolites and clays are discussed in depth. The preparation and advanced applications of nanosized zeolites and clays in free (suspension and powder forms) and fixed (films) forms are summarized. Further the review emphasises the non-conventional applications of new porous materials. A comprehensive analysis of the emerging applications of microporous nanosized crystals in the field of semiconductor industry, optical materials, chemical sensors, medicine, cosmetics, and food industry is presented. Finally, the future needs and perspectives of nanosized microporous materials (zeolites and clays) are addressed.

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The article was received on 09 Mar 2015 and first published on 18 May 2015


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00210A
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015,44, 7207-7233
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    Nanosized microporous crystals: emerging applications

    S. Mintova, M. Jaber and V. Valtchev, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015, 44, 7207
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00210A

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