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Development of Nanocrystalline Zeolite Materials as Environmental Catalysts: From Environmentally Benign Synthesis to Emission Abatement

Project Information

Award Amount:$350,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$0.00
Start-End Dates:1/1/02-12/31/04
Description:This proposal describes the development of nanometer-sized zeolites and zeolite nanostructures as environmental catalysts. Zeolites, which are widely used in applications in separations and catalysis, are aluminosilicate molecular sieves with pores of molecular dimensions. The crystal size of zeolites formed during conventional synthesis range in size from 1000 to 10,000 nm. However, for some applications it would be advantageous to employ much smaller nanometer-sized zeolite crystals in the range, 10-100 nm. Specific advantages to be gained by using zeolite nanostructures include facile adsorption and desorption, the ability to form dense films to facilitate separations applications and optical transparency. The first hypothesis of the proposed project is that the properties of zeolites with respect to reactant and product diffusion and light scattering can be significantly improved by using nanometer-sized zeolites and nanostructures (fibers or thin films). The second hypothesis of the proposed project is that these zeolite nanostructures will be superior materials for applications in heterogeneous environmental catalysis.


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U.S. EPA Headquarters - Primary Contact

U.S. EPA Headquarters 8722R
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
Washington, District of Columbia 20460
p: 202-343-9858
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University of Iowa - Primary Contact

Jessup Hall
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
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