Birth of a Zeolite

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Science  12 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5404, pp. 901a
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5404.901a

The process by which microporous zeolites are created instead of densely packed materials has been difficult to follow, especially under hydrothermal reaction conditions. Mintova et al. (p. 958) were able to visualize zeolite formation for synthesis with pore-directing templates at room temperature. Clear solutions allowed particle size distributions to be followed with light scattering, and low-dose, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy revealed the formation of zeolite particles within the precursor gel particles.

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