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Seed-induced and additive-free synthesis of oriented nanorod-assembled meso/macroporous zeolites: toward efficient and cost-effective catalysts for the MTA reaction

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Abstract

We reported a general seed-induced strategy for the synthesis of both meso/macroporous ZSM-5 and ZSM-11 (denoted as N-ZSM-5 and N-ZSM-11, respectively) under additive-free, low template/SiO2 ratio (from 0.011 to 0.0014) and seed-assisted hydrothermal conditions. It was found that both N-ZSM-5 and N-ZSM-11 were primarily composed of 20–50 nm oriented nanorods, which showed excellent physicochemical properties, such as high crystallinity, large surface area, auxiliary meso/macroporous structures, and uniform size. When being used in the methanol-to-aromatics reaction (MTA), both Zn/N-ZSM-5 and Zn/N-ZSM-11 exhibited high catalytic efficiencies, as reflected by their far longer lifetimes and higher selectivities for total aromatics than conventional Zn/ZSM-5 and Zn/ZSM-11, due to their unique meso/macroporous structure and ultra-small crystal size that resulted in substantial improvements in the mass-transport properties. This seed-induced strategy inspires new ideas for the design and fabrication of oriented nanorod-assembled hierarchical zeolites with lower cost and good catalytic performance.

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The article was received on 13 Aug 2017, accepted on 02 Oct 2017 and first published on 02 Oct 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CY01647F
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017, Advance Article
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    Seed-induced and additive-free synthesis of oriented nanorod-assembled meso/macroporous zeolites: toward efficient and cost-effective catalysts for the MTA reaction

    K. Shen, N. Wang, X. Chen, Z. Chen, Y. Li, J. Chen, W. Qian and F. Wei, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CY01647F

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