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Title: The impact of aqueous medium on zeolite framework integrity

Understanding the zeolite framework stability in aqueous phase is crucial to develop stable catalysts. Al K–edge, extended X–ray absorption fine structure and 27Al MAS NMR spectroscopies in combination with DFT calculations have been used to monitor both qualitative and quantitative structural changes of two well–characterized samples with BEA structure. The effects of various properties on stability were explored, including Al concentration, Al distribution, particle size and structural defects. As the samples were degraded by treatment in hot liquid water, the local structure about the Al T–site remained mostly intact, including the Al–O–Si angles and bond distances, while the nano–scale crystalline structure as measured by XRD and TEM was disrupted. The combined data suggest a three–step mechanism in which, initially, the HBEA framework crystallinity decreases via hydrolysis of T–O bonds along polymorph stacking faults and inter–grain boundaries in a mode similar to crack propagation in glass. With prolonged exposure, amorphization occurs via hydrolysis of surface Si–OH groups propagating inward through the zeolite lattice. In parallel, cracks propagate within the crystalline micro–domains along paths through specific T–O–T groups. Authors thank B. W. Arey (PNNL) for HIM measurements, T. Huthwelker for support during Al XAFS measurements at the Swiss Light Source (PSI, Switzerland)more » and M. Y. Hu (PNNL) for support during NMR experiments. This work was supported by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. NMR experiments were performed at the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research, and Physical Science Laboratory both located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL is a multi–program national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle under Contract No. DE–AC05–76RL01830.« less
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47841; KC0302010
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Chemistry of Materials, 27(9):3533-3545
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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United States
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory