Hierarchical MWW Zeolites by Soft and Hard Template Routes

  • Anderson Joel SchwankeEmail author
  • Sibele Pergher
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This chapter will discuss the exciting area of nanomaterial engineering that focuses on obtaining porous solids with improved efficiency in catalysis. Lamellar zeolites, also called two-dimensional zeolites, with MWW topologies are potential candidates to substitute the commercial zeolitic catalysts produced thus far. Advances to obtain MWW zeolites with hierarchical porous structures by soft and hard templating approaches will be presented. The hierarchical concept is based on the generation of mesoporous regions combined with the microporosity of zeolites. The aim is to alleviate diffusional limitations encountered by large molecules (reactants, intermediates, and products) that cannot access the microporous channels (<2 nm) of the zeolites, which decrease their catalytic activities. The details and preparation procedures to obtain hierarchical MWW zeolites by soft and hard templates as well as the chemistry associated with the interactions between templates and the zeolite structures will be described.


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  1. 1.Laboratório de Peneiras Moleculares (LABPEMOL)Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte – UFRNNatalBrazil

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