Role of ethanol in sodalite crystallization in an ethanol-Na 2O-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O system

Yi Huang, Jianfeng Yao, Xueyi Zhang, Chunhua Kong, Huiyong Chen, Dongxia Liu, Michael Tsapatsis, Matthew R. Hill, Anita J. Hill, Huanting Wang

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Abstract

Crystallization of sodalite was studied in an ethanol-Na 2O-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O system. The addition of ethanol was observed to significantly affect the crystallization process and final crystal sizes and morphologies. Micron-sized sodalite particles with disc and thread-ball-like shapes were produced at low ethanol contents whereas sodalite particles with core-shell nanostructures were dominant at high ethanol contents. Prolongation of the reaction time led to hollow architectures with polycrystalline shells. This study showed that the formation of core-shell and hollow sodalite structures followed a surface crystallization process, including the following steps: the formation of amorphous spherical aggregates, multiple nucleation on the surface, growth of shell nanocrystals, and amorphous core digestion. The present work provides new insights into a better understanding of the role of ethanol in zeolite crystallization, and controllable synthesis of sodalite crystals with different morphologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4714-4722
Number of pages9
JournalCrystEngComm
Volume13
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 21 2011

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