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Advantageous synthetic crystalline zeolite materials with hierarchical porosity preparation method



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PCT priority patent application filed on July 9, 2014 and entitled “Method for the preparation of synthetic crytalline zeolite materials with enhanced total pore volume”


Zhengxing QIN
Jean-Pierre GILSON

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Laboratoire Catalyse et Spectrochimie (LCS, UMR6506), Caen, France



Zeolites are hydrated metal aluminum silicates basically comprising a three-dimensional framework of SiO4 and AlO4 tetrahedra. Zeolites are characterized by their high specific surface areas, high micropore volume. One of the drawbacks of zeolites is the occurrence of restricted diffusion due to their microporous network. In order to circumvent the inherent diffusion limitations of microporous zeolite-type materials, it is known to introduce a secondary porosity consisting of larger pores, i.e. macropores and/or mesopores through the removal of a fraction of framework atoms. However, so far, proposed methods to introduce said secondary porosity all show disadvantages.


In the present work, the inventors have developed an ammonium fluoride-based  preparation method of synthetic crystalline zeolite material which either increases the micropore volume or introduces a secondary porosity comprising mesopores and eventually macropores, thus expanding the channels/cavities dimensions in any framework type of crystalline zeolite material, without any substantial change in its chemical composition (e.g. Si/Al molar ratio), its surface chemical composition, its acidic properties, and its hydrophilic/hydrophobic properties.


Many synthetic crystalline zeolite materials has been prepared on a lab scale using patented method.
Said materials have also been characterized (including their catalytic activities).


The method of the present invention is neither Si nor Al selective, and thus etches the zeolite material without altering its framework composition.
Said method:

  • Is rapid
  • Is simple
  • Is safe
  • Does not require any specific equipment.
  • Leads to synthetic crystalline zeolite materials having improved diffusion and/or controlled acidity, and therefore, better overall catalytic performances.
  • Does not consume much energy in contrast to high temperature steaming processes presently used in the industry.
  • Generates less toxic waste.


Zeolites as microporous inorganic materials have different applications, such as catalysts (e.g. use in heterogeneous catalysis), absorbents, ion-exchangers, and membranes in many chemical and petrochemical processes (e.g. in oil refining, fine- and petro-chemistry) due to their superior properties including mechanical strength, acidity, size or shape selectivity, thermal and chemical stability, and large ion-exchange capacity.

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  • Ce champ n’est utilisé qu’à des fins de validation et devrait rester inchangé.

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