Date: 09 Aug 2012

A novel synthesis process of ETS-4 titanosilicate using commercial anatase in the absence of fluoride ions

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Abstract

A novel synthesis process for ETS-4 titanosilicate using commercial anatase as the titanium source in the absence of fluoride ions was studied. Fluoride ions and traced ETS-4 seeds have important roles in forming ETS-4 structures. However, the method using ETS-4 seeds instead of fluoride ions to improve product purity and productivity is environment-friendly. ETS-4, ETS-4(NS), and ETS-4(NaF) were respectively synthesized using traced ETS-4 seeds, without seeds, and with fluoride ions. The as-synthesized samples were identified by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. Adsorption isotherms and adsorption heats of nitrogen and methane on the prepared ETS-4 were also measured. The results showed that ETS-4 samples could be prepared using anatase in the absence of fluoride ions, with good purity, comparable physicochemical properties, and excellent adsorption properties.

This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51074205).