266471 Synthesis of Self-Pillared Zeolite Nanosheets by Repetitive Branching

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: 12:30 PM
321 (Convention Center )
Xueyi Zhang1, Dongxia Liu1, Dandan Xu1, Shunsuke Asahina2, Katie Cychosz3, Kumar Varoon Agrawal1, Yasser Al Wahedi1, Aditya Bhan1, Saleh Al Hashimi4, Osamu Terasaki5,6, Matthias Thommes3 and Michael Tsapatsis1, (1)Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, (2)SM Application Group, JEOL Ltd., Akishima, Tokyo, Japan, (3)Quantachrome Instruments, Boynton Beach, FL, (4)Chemical Engineering Department, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, (5)Graduate School of EEWS, WCU Program, KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea, (6)Department of MMK, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Hierarchical zeolites is a novel class of catalysts and adsorbents with the typical ordered zeolitic microporosity, as well as mesopores, which by allowing for fast transport of bulky molecules, enable improved performance in petrochemical and biomass processing. Starting with a low-cost structure-directing agent, by one-step hydrothermal crystal growth approach, we synthesized a new hierarchical zeolite composed of perpendicularly connected microporous nanosheets using repetitive branching strategy. Although this strategy has been used in the synthesis of other nanostructures, such as semiconductor tetrapods, it has not been explored for the formation of pillared zeolites. The zeolite nanosheets have thickness of 2 nm and contain micropores typical of pentasil zeolites. The house-of-cards arrangement of the nanosheets creates a permanent network of 2-7 nm mesopores, which, along with the high external surface area and reduced micropore diffusion length, enable higher reaction rates for bulky molecules compared to those of other mesoporous and conventional MFI zeolites.

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