Nanoblock aggregation-disaggregation of zeolite nanoparticles: Temperature control on crystallinity

Feifei Gao, Rachid Sougrat, Belén Albela, Laurent Bonneviot

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During the induction period of silicalite-1 formation at 80 °C, primary nanoblocks of 8-11 nm self-assemble together into fragile nanoflocculates of ca. 60 nm that dislocate and reappear according to a slow pseudoperiodical process. Between 22 and 32 h, the nanoflocculates grow up to 350 nm and contain ill- and well-oriented aggregates of ca. 40 nm. After 48 h, only ill-faceted monodomains of ca. 90 nm remains, which self-assemble into larger flocculates of ca. 450 nm. For crystal growth performed at 90 °C, most of the final aggregates exhibit ill-oriented assembly. This is consistent with a trial-and-error block-by-block building mechanism that turns into an irreversible and apparently faster process at 90 °C, causing definitively ill-oriented product. The nanoblocks, aggregates, and flocculates were characterized in nondiluted, nondiluted and ultrasonicated, or diluted and ultrasonicated solutions, using mainly dynamic light scattering and cryo-high-resolution transmission electron microscopy at various tilted angles. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7285-7291
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number15
StatePublished - Mar 25 2011

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by Award No. UK-C0017 of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Dr. S. Casale of UPMC is acknowledged for the HRTEM observation.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • General Energy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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