Zeolites, Catalysts and Ion Exchange

Lecturers: Michael Fischer, Reinhard X. Fischer


Zeolites and related compounds belong to one of the most important materials classes as catalysts and ion exchangers. The class covers the following topics:
definitions and basic terms
molecular sieve properties
crystal chemical characterization (framework topology; primary, secondary, and polyhedral building units; framework density, vertex symbol; loop configurations)
overview of main applications, especially as catalysts and ion exchangers
natural zeolite minerals
classification and standardization of crystal structures
mesoporous compounds
syntheses procedures
lab work including syntheses and ion exchange modifications


At the end of this class, the students will be able to synthesize, characterize, and classify zeolite-type compounds.


laboratory report


Gottardi, Galli: Natural Zeolites, Springer

Szostak: Molecular Sieves. Principles of synthesis and identification, van Nostrand Reinhold

van Bekkum, Flanigan, Jansen: Introduction to Zeolite Science and Practice, Elsevier

Bish, Ming: Natural Zeolites: Occurrence, Properties, Applications, Min. Soc. America

Auerbach, Carrado, Dutta: Handbook of Zeolite Science and Technology, Marcel Dekker

Wright: Microporous Framework Solids, Royal Soc. Chem.

Wong: Handbook of Zeolites, Structure, Properties, and Applications: Nova Science Publications


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