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Time-resolved dissolution elucidates the mechanism of zeolite MFI crystallization

Bozhilov, Krassimir N.; Le, Thuy Thanh; Qin, Zhengxing; Terlier, Tanguy; Palčić, Ana; Rimer, Jeffrey D.; Valtchev, Valentin (2021) Time-resolved dissolution elucidates the mechanism of zeolite MFI crystallization. Science advances, 7 (25). ISSN 2375-2548

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Zeolite crystal growth mechanisms are not fully elucidated owing to their complexity wherein the formation of a particular zeolite can occur by more than one crystallization pathway. Here, we have conducted time-resolved dissolution experiments of MFI-type zeolite crystals in ammonium fluoride medium where detailed structural analysis allowed us to extrapolate and elucidate the possible mechanism of nucleation and crystal growth. A combination of electron and scanning probe microscopy shows that dissolution initiates preferentially at lattice defects and progressively removes defect zones to reveal a mosaic structure of crystalline domains within each zeolite crystal. This mosaic architecture evolves during the growth process, reflecting the changing conditions of zeolite formation that can be retroactively assessed during zeolite crystal dissolution. Moreover, a more general implication of this study is the establishment that dissolution can be used successfully as an ex situ technique to uncover details about crystal growth features inaccessible by other methods.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: zeolites ; nucleation ; dissolution ; crystallisation ; microscopy ; MFI-type zeolite
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Chemistry
Divisions: Division of Materials Chemistry
Depositing User: Ana Palčić
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2021 11:59
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abg0454

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