Design and synthesis of a catalytically active Cu-SSZ-13 zeolite from a copper-amine complex template

Limin Ren, Yibo Zhang, Shangjing Zeng, Longfeng Zhu, Qi Sun, Haiyan Zhang, Chengguang Yang, Xiangju Meng, Xiangguang Yang, Fengshou Xiao

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The modern synthesis of zeolites typically uses organic structure-directing agents. Therefore, the developing of new templates is part of zeolite research. The design and synthesis of Cu-SSZ-13 using a novel template of a low-cost copper amine complex (Cu2+ coordinated with tetraethylenepentamine) were reported, where the copper amine complex is both a template for synthesizing the SSZ-13 structure and a source of copper species in the zeolite. The calculated size of the complex (0.728 nm×0.922 nm) matches well with the CHA cages (0.73 nm×1.2 nm), which are the building units of the SSZ-13 zeolite. Various techniques were used to investigate the chemical and physical properties of the synthesized zeolite. The results showed that the sample has the SSZ-13 zeolite structure, high crystallinity, adjustable Si/Al ratios, and controllable copper loading. Catalytic tests using the selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3 showed that the Cu-SSZ-13 was a superior catalyst, and it can be important for the abatement of environmentally harmful NOx.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-105
Number of pages14
JournalCuihua Xuebao/Chinese Journal of Catalysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Copper amine complex
  • Cu-SSZ-13
  • Designed synthesis
  • Novel template
  • Theoretical calculation


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