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Issue 35, 2018
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Analyzing transfer properties of zeolites using small-world networks

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Hierarchical structures bring efficiency to many processes, including metabolism, plant growth, and even social networks. In society, connectivity among people results in a hierarchical network with a superior efficiency for information transfer. These networks are known as small-world networks. Although the number of people known by a single person is insignificant compared with the total number of people in a society, a small number of long-range connections can bring extremely high information transfer efficiency to the social network. This is the key property of the small-world network. By modeling zeolite structures as small-world networks and regarding vacancies and cracks as long-range connections, we managed to quantify efficiency in hierarchical zeolite structures. We showed the influence of cracks and vacancies on the transfer phenomenon in zeolite structures. By adding 6% vacancies into a perfect 3D zeolite structure, we obtained a 30% equivalent volume reduction in zeolite crystals. This approach might result in new methodology for quantifying zeolite transfer and broaden horizons for zeolite structure design.

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The article was received on 08 Jun 2018, accepted on 10 Aug 2018 and first published on 20 Aug 2018

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR04652B
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018,10, 16431-16433

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    Analyzing transfer properties of zeolites using small-world networks

    D. Cai, Y. Hou, C. Zhang, N. Wang, Z. Chen, W. Song, Z. Jia, Y. Wang, W. Qian and F. Wei, Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 16431
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NR04652B

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