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The chemistry and physics of zeolites.


Zeolites are members of the group of aluminosilicate minerals characterised by a microporous structure.

The zeolites form a group in nature widespread or artificially produced, hydrous crystalline alkali and alkaline earth aluminosilicates that occur in numerous modifications. The representatives of the class of materials are primarily used as ion exchangers and molecular sieves to absorb various substances as catalysts and in detergents and many other zeolite products. The absorbent properties result from the microporous structure of the zeolites, which are composed of AlO4-- and SiO4- tetrahedra. Counterions here are alkali and alkaline earth ions.

Below you will find online available information and sources on the chemistry and physics of the zeolites.

Content, Topics

Current Articles

Grain Boundary Defect Elimination in a Zeolite
New technique eliminates grain boundary defects: rapid heating prepares energy-saving zeolite for greater role in industrial separations.

New Database of Zeolite-like Materials
Exploring the possibilities for zeolites: Rice University team creates database of 2.6 million varieties of molecular sieves

Rice University lab leads hunt for new zeolites
Open database details 2.7 million possible structures for molecular sieves

General Information

What are Zeolites ?
Basic information about zeolites

Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Natural Zeolite
Structural and ion-exchange properties - Format: PDF

Zeolite Chemistry
Lecture notes: microporous and mesoporous materials - Format: PDF

Properties, Preparation and Application of Zeolites

Lecture notes, structure, synthesis, structural investigations, applications, atlas of zeolite types

Zeolites Framework Types
Atlas of Zeolites Framework Types: Notes and Examples - Format: PDF

Special Information

Using zeolites in agriculture - Format: PDF

Historical Facts and Documents

The history of zeolites. Wiley - Format: PDF


... of structural and compositional characteristics of ordered microporous and mesoporous materials with inorganic hosts. IUPAC Recommendations

Nomenclature for Zeolite Minerals
Resommended nimenclature for zeolite minerals: report of the subcommittee on zeolites of the international mineralogical association, commission on new minerals and mineral names. 1997 - Format: PDF

Analysis and Determination

Data and Databases

Database of Zeolite Structures
The database provides structural information on all of the Zeolite Framework Types that have been approved by the Structure Commission of the International Zeolite Association (IZA-SC). IZA, Switzerland

Disorder in Zeolite Frameworks
Database of Zeolite Structures. IZA

Framework Type Codes
Assigned by the Structure Commission of the International Zeolite Association. IZA

Framework Types
Zeolite Framework Types - Database of Zeolite Structures. IZA

Hypothetical Zeolites
Atlas of Prospective Zeolite Frameworks

New Framework Type Codes
The codes that have been approved by the Structure Commission since the 6th edition (2007) of the Atlas of Zeolite Framework Types are listed below along with the type material and relevant references. IZA

Predicted Crystallography Open Database
PCOD contains inorganic compounds (silicates, phosphates, sulfates of Al, Ti, V, Ga, Nb, Zr, zeolites, fluorides, etc) predicted - or enumerated - mainly by ZEFSA II (898.707 SiO2 entries) or by GRINSP (163.520 entries)

Simulated XRD Powder Patterns
Collection of Simulated XRD Powder Patterns for Zeolites. IZA - Format: PDF

Zeolite Building Schemes
Database of Zeolite Structures. IZA

Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry

Zeolite Group of Minerals
Database. Mineral Gallery

Statistics and Information. USGS, USA


Microporous and Mesoporous Materials
... is an international journal covering novel and significant aspects of porous solids classified as either microporous (pore size up to 2 nm) or mesoporous (pore size 2 to 50 nm). Elsevier

Now: Microporous and Mesoporous Materials. Elsevier


Colloidal zeolites
From nucleation to zoned films by seeded growth. Dissertation, 2002. Lulea University, Sweden

DDR type zeolites
Synthesis and characterization of the DDR type zeolite. Dissertation, 2007. Lulea University - Format: PDF

Development of a novel experimental technique for studying zeolites
Combining zeolite coated ATR elements and FTIR spectroscopy. Dissertation, 2006. Lulea University - Format: PDF

Diffusion in Zeolites
Towards a Microscopic Understanding. Dissertation, 2002 - Format: PDF

Molecular sieve films and zoned materials
Synthesis and characterization. Dissertation, 2004. Lulea University - Format: PDF

Properties of molecular sieve membranes
Dissertation, 2004. Lulea University - Format: PDF

Quantitative characterization of aluminum in non-hydrated zeolite catalysts
... by multi-nuclear solid state NMR spectroscopy. Dissertation, 2006. University of Stuttgart, Germany

Structured zeolite adsorbents
Dissertation, 2007. Lulea University, Sweden

Zeolite coated ATR-FTIR sensor
Development of a novel zeolite coated ATR-FTIR sensor. Dissertation, 2004. Lulea University - Format: PDF

Zeolite films and membranes
Synthesis, characterization and properties of zeolite films and membranes. Dissertation, 2001. Lulea University

Zeolite Macrostructures
Dissertation, 1999. Lulea University - Format: PDF

Articles and Reports

Zeolite, A Versatile Air Pollutant Adsorber
Information on zeolite and zeolite adsorption technology. EPA, USA - Format: PDF

Research facilities and departments

UK: University of Manchester
Centre for Nanoporous Materials, CNM


British Zeolite Association
BZA exists to promote zeolite science in the UK

Federation of European Zeolite Associations
The objects of FEZA are to improve communication and collaboration between researchers in Europe, to generally advance education for the benefit of the public in the study of zeolite molecular sieves, including the technology and application thereof in the areas of chemistry, geology, chemical engineering and other branches of science or engineering, the undertaking of research and the publication of the useful results of such research

French Zeolite Association
Groupe Français des Zéolithes - [f]

International Natural Zeolite Association
The business and objectives of INZA shall be to encourage in the broadest and most liberal manner the advancement of natural zeolite science and technology

International Zeolite Association
IZA was organized to promote and encourage the development of all aspects of zeolite science and technology

Japanese Zeolite Association
JAZ - [jp]


Last update: 04.11.2022

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