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Monatshefte für Chemie / Chemical Monthly

, Volume 136, Issue 1, pp 77-89

Synthesis of Zeolite L. Tuning Size and Morphology

  • Arantzazu Zabala RuizAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Bern
  • , Dominik BrühwilerAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Bern
  • , Takayuki BanAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Bern
  • , Gion CalzaferriAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Bern Email author 

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Summary.

A convenient synthesis of zeolite L is presented. The size of the crystals can be tuned between 30 and 6000 nm, spanning a volume range of seven orders of magnitude. The zeolite L crystals, which typically feature a cylindrical morphology, are synthesized with various aspect ratios ranging from elongated to disc-shaped. The importance of obtaining zeolite crystals with well-defined size and morphology is discussed in view of potential applications of zeolite L containing organic dye molecules as guests.

Keywords. Hydrothermal synthesis; Inclusion compounds; Nanostructures; Zeolites; Electron microscopy.