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Ultrafast Synthesis of Zeolites: Breakthrough, Progress and Perspective


Zeolites continue their momentum in finding new applications in fields of catalysis and separation. Such application prospects call for an efficient synthesis of high-quality zeolites. However, it usually takes several days or even several weeks for the conventional hydrothermal synthesis of zeolites, which is typically carried out in batch operation, to obtain a zeolite with desired structure and properties. Establishing an ultrafast synthesis route is of high significance to boost the existing applications as well as to explore new benefits of zeolites in diverse fields. Our group has been focusing on exploring basic science as well as developing technologies for the efficient synthesis of zeolites. Recently, we have established the ultrafast syntheses of a series of industrially important zeolites. The synthesis periods for those zeolites were shortened to tens of or several minutes, which are in stark contrast to several days that are required for the conventional approach to obtain the corresponding type of material. In this contribution, we present the breakthrough and the recent progresses on the ultrafast synthesis of zeolite demonstrated by our group, with a focus on discussing how the remarkably enhanced crystallization rate could be achieved and its potential consequences in the mass production of zeolites. We believe the concepts and the methods discussed as well as the perspectives presented in this review will draw exceptionally broad attention of researchers from a wide range of disciplines in chemistry and materials science.

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The article was received on 04 Sep 2018, accepted on 09 Oct 2018 and first published on 10 Oct 2018

Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8QI00939B
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Ultrafast Synthesis of Zeolites: Breakthrough, Progress and Perspective

    Z. Liu, J. Zhu, T. Wakihara and T. Okubo, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8QI00939B

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