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MATching zeolite SYNthesis with CATalytic activity

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address: CALLE SERRANO 117
city: MADRID
postcode: 28006

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
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 Total cost 2˙470˙519 €
 EC max contribution 2˙470˙519 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-01   to  2020-05-31


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 Project objective

Solid catalysts are key components of many industrial processes, offering advantages such as reuse and ease recovery. This research programme aims to develop a new concept and methodology for the synthesis of zeolite catalysts. Zeolites are solid, porous catalysts that have wide ranging industrial applications for gas adsorption, separation and catalysis. While a relatively large number of zeolites have been synthesised, zeolite selection as catalyst for a particular reaction still retains a large element of trial and error. Our objective is to design a zeolite synthesis methodology that creates pores and cavities in the resulting zeolite that approach a “molecular recognition” pattern to catalyze the desired reaction. The approach focuses on the study of the reactions transition states since it is accepted that the most efficient catalysts are those that lower the transition state energy in the reaction, boosting the catalytic activity and efficiency. We will study the transition state of the desired reaction and design and synthesise transition state mimics to be used as Organic Structure Directing Agents for the synthesis of zeolites. By maximizing the host-guest interactions between zeolite and transition state, the efficiency of the catalyst will be increased. We aim to obtain tailor made catalysts for a chosen spectrum of reactions that also have clear industrial applications. Synthesis of highly efficient catalysts for particular industrially relevant applications will lead to lower energy consumption, fewer by-products and lower consumption of reactants. In summary, this will result in more sustainable processes. In many industrial applications a 1% increase in selectivity can represent more than 3000Tm/year additional manufacturing in a single unit.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Chengeng Li, Manuel Moliner, Avelino Corma
Building Zeolites from Precrystallized Units: Nanoscale Architecture
published pages: 15330-15353, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201711422
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57/47 2020-03-11
2018 Vicente J. Margarit, M. Rocío Díaz-Rey, M. Teresa Navarro, Cristina Martínez, Avelino Corma
Direct Synthesis of Nano-Ferrierite along the 10-Ring-Channel Direction Boosts Their Catalytic Behavior
published pages: 3459-3463, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201711418
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57/13 2020-03-11
2018 Yosra Ghrib, Najoua Frini-Srasra, Ezzeddine Srasra, Joaquín Martínez-Triguero, Avelino Corma
Synthesis of cocrystallized USY/ZSM-5 zeolites from kaolin and its use as fluid catalytic cracking catalysts
published pages: 716-725, ISSN: 2044-4753, DOI: 10.1039/c7cy01477e
Catalysis Science & Technology 8/3 2020-03-11
2018 Sebastián Llopis, Teresa García, Ángel Cantín, Alexandra Velty, Urbano Díaz, Avelino Corma
Chiral hybrid materials based on pyrrolidine building units to perform asymmetric Michael additions with high stereocontrol
published pages: 5835-5847, ISSN: 2044-4753, DOI: 10.1039/c8cy01650j
Catalysis Science & Technology 8/22 2020-03-11
2018 Marta Mon, Rosa Adam, Jesús Ferrando−Soria, Avelino Corma, Donatella Armentano, Emilio Pardo, Antonio Leyva−Pérez
Stabilized Ru[(H 2 O) 6 ] 3+ in Confined Spaces (MOFs and Zeolites) Catalyzes the Imination of Primary Alcohols under Atmospheric Conditions with Wide Scope
published pages: 10401-10406, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b03228
ACS Catalysis 8/11 2020-03-11
2018 Estefanía Fernández, Marta Moreno-González, Manuel Moliner, Teresa Blasco, Mercedes Boronat, Avelino Corma
Modeling of EPR Parameters for Cu(II): Application to the Selective Reduction of NOx Catalyzed by Cu-Zeolites
published pages: 810-832, ISSN: 1022-5528, DOI: 10.1007/s11244-018-0929-y
Topics in Catalysis 61/9-11 2020-03-11
2018 Lichen Liu, Avelino Corma
Metal Catalysts for Heterogeneous Catalysis: From Single Atoms to Nanoclusters and Nanoparticles
published pages: 4981-5079, ISSN: 0009-2665, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.7b00776
Chemical Reviews 118/10 2020-03-11
2018 Chengeng Li, Cecilia Paris, Joaquín Martínez-Triguero, Mercedes Boronat, Manuel Moliner, Avelino Corma
Synthesis of reaction‐adapted zeolites as methanol-to-olefins catalysts with mimics of reaction intermediates as organic structure‐directing agents
published pages: 547-554, ISSN: 2520-1158, DOI: 10.1038/s41929-018-0104-7
Nature Catalysis 1/7 2020-03-11
2018 Urbano Díaz, Avelino Corma
Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials: Multi-Functional Solids for Multi-Step Reaction Processes
published pages: 3944-3958, ISSN: 0947-6539, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201704185
Chemistry - A European Journal 24/16 2020-03-11
2018 Anderson Schwanke, Jhonny Villarroel-Rocha, Karim Sapag, Urbano Díaz, Avelino Corma, Sibele Pergher
Dandelion-Like Microspherical MCM-22 Zeolite Using BP 2000 as a Hard Template
published pages: 6217-6223, ISSN: 2470-1343, DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b00647
ACS Omega 3/6 2020-03-11
2018 Lichen Liu, Dmitri N. Zakharov, Raul Arenal, Patricia Concepcion, Eric A. Stach, Avelino Corma
Evolution and stabilization of subnanometric metal species in confined space by in situ TEM
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03012-6
Nature Communications 9/1 2020-03-05
2019 Lichen Liu, Raul Arenal, Debora M. Meira, Avelino Corma
Generation of gold nanoclusters encapsulated in an MCM-22 zeolite for the aerobic oxidation of cyclohexane
published pages: 1607-1610, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/C8CC07185C
Chemical Communications 55/11 2020-03-05
2016 Manuel Moliner, Jadeene E. Gabay, Chris E. Kliewer, Robert T. Carr, Javier Guzman, Gary L. Casty, Pedro Serna, Avelino Corma
Reversible Transformation of Pt Nanoparticles into Single Atoms inside High-Silica Chabazite Zeolite
published pages: 15743-15750, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b10169
Journal of the American Chemical Society 138/48 2019-07-08
2015 Pedro Serna, Avelino Corma
Transforming Nano Metal Nonselective Particulates into Chemoselective Catalysts for Hydrogenation of Substituted Nitrobenzenes
published pages: 7114-7121, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b01846
ACS Catalysis 5/12 2019-07-08
2017 A. Corma, E. Corresa, Y. Mathieu, L. Sauvanaud, S. Al-Bogami, M. S. Al-Ghrami, A. Bourane
Crude oil to chemicals: light olefins from crude oil
published pages: 12-46, ISSN: 2044-4753, DOI: 10.1039/C6CY01886F
Catal. Sci. Technol. 7/1 2019-07-08
2017 Aidé Gaona, Urbano Díaz, Avelino Corma
Functional Acid and Base Hybrid Catalysts Organized by Associated (Organo)aluminosilicate Layers for C–C Bond Forming Reactions and Tandem Processes
published pages: 1599-1612, ISSN: 0897-4756, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b04563
Chemistry of Materials 29/4 2019-07-08
2016 Jorge Simancas, Raquel Simancas, Pablo J. Bereciartua, Jose L. Jorda, Fernando Rey, Avelino Corma, Stavros Nicolopoulos, Partha Pratim Das, Mauro Gemmi, Enrico Mugnaioli
Ultrafast Electron Diffraction Tomography for Structure Determination of the New Zeolite ITQ-58
published pages: 10116-10119, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b06394
Journal of the American Chemical Society 138/32 2019-07-08
2017 Nuria Martín, Cecilia Paris, Peter N.R. Vennestrøm, Joakim R. Thøgersen, Manuel Moliner, Avelino Corma
Cage-based small-pore catalysts for NH 3 -SCR prepared by combining bulky organic structure directing agents with modified zeolites as reagents
published pages: 125-136, ISSN: 0926-3373, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.05.082
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 217 2019-07-08
2016 Marta E. Martínez-Armero, Manuel Moliner, German Sastre, Fernando Rey, Cristina Martínez, Avelino Corma
ITQ-39 zeolite, an efficient catalyst for the conversion of low value naphtha fractions into diesel fuel: The role of pore size on molecular diffusion and reactivity
published pages: 127-138, ISSN: 0021-9517, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2015.10.024
Journal of Catalysis 333 2019-07-08
2017 Lichen Liu, Urbano Díaz, Raul Arenal, Giovanni Agostini, Patricia Concepción, Avelino Corma
Generation of subnanometric platinum with high stability during transformation of a 2D zeolite into 3D
published pages: 132-138, ISSN: 1476-1122, DOI: 10.1038/NMAT4757
Nature Materials 16/1 2019-07-08
2017 Nuria Martín, Peter N. R. Vennestrøm, Joakim R. Thøgersen, Manuel Moliner, Avelino Corma
Fe-Containing Zeolites for NH 3 -SCR of NO x : Effect of Structure, Synthesis Procedure, and Chemical Composition on Catalytic Performance and Stability
published pages: 13404-13414, ISSN: 0947-6539, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201701742
Chemistry - A European Journal 23/54 2019-07-08
2016 Mogahid Osman, Sulaiman Al-Khattaf, Urbano Díaz, Cristina Martínez, Avelino Corma
Influencing the activity and selectivity of alkylaromatic catalytic transformations by varying the degree of delamination in MWW zeolites
published pages: 3166-3181, ISSN: 2044-4753, DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01675D
Catal. Sci. Technol. 6/9 2019-07-08
2016 Anderson Joel Schwanke, Sibele Pergher, Urbano Díaz, Avelino Corma
The influence of swelling agents molecular dimensions on lamellar morphology of MWW-type zeolites active for fructose conversion
published pages: , ISSN: 1387-1811, DOI: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2016.11.007
Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2019-07-08
2016 Mercedes Boronat, Tirso López-Ausens, Avelino Corma
The acid–base and redox reactivity of CeO2 nanoparticles: Influence of the Hubbard U term in DFT+U studies
published pages: 212-219, ISSN: 0039-6028, DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2015.10.047
Surface Science 648 2019-07-08
2016 Avelino Corma
Spiers Memorial Lecture : Heterogeneous catalysis: understanding the fundamentals for catalyst design
published pages: 9-20, ISSN: 1359-6640, DOI: 10.1039/C6FD00066E
Faraday Discuss. 188 2019-07-08
2016 Raquel Martínez-Franco, Zhibin Li, Joaquín Martínez-Triguero, Manuel Moliner, Avelino Corma
Improving the catalytic performance of SAPO-18 for the methanol-to-olefins (MTO) reaction by controlling the Si distribution and crystal size
published pages: 2796-2806, ISSN: 2044-4753, DOI: 10.1039/C5CY02298C
Catal. Sci. Technol. 6/8 2019-07-08
2016 Raquel Martínez-Franco, Cecilia Paris, Marta E. Martínez-Armero, Cristina Martínez, Manuel Moliner, Avelino Corma
High-silica nanocrystalline Beta zeolites: efficient synthesis and catalytic application
published pages: 102-108, ISSN: 2041-6520, DOI: 10.1039/c5sc03019f
Chemical Science 7/1 2019-07-08
2016 G. Feng, P. Cheng, W. Yan, M. Boronat, X. Li, J.-H. Su, J. Wang, Y. Li, A. Corma, R. Xu, J. Yu
Accelerated crystallization of zeolites via hydroxyl free radicals
published pages: 1188-1191, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf1559
Science 351/6278 2019-07-08
2016 Tirso López-Ausens, Mercedes Boronat, Patricia Concepción, Sandra Chouzier, Sergio Mastroianni, Avelino Corma
A heterogeneous mechanism for the catalytic decomposition of hydroperoxides and oxidation of alkanes over CeO2 nanoparticles: A combined theoretical and experimental study
published pages: 334-345, ISSN: 0021-9517, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2016.09.032
Journal of Catalysis 344 2019-07-08
2017 Lichen Liu, Fei Gao, Patricia Concepción, Avelino Corma
A new strategy to transform mono and bimetallic non-noble metal nanoparticles into highly active and chemoselective hydrogenation catalysts
published pages: 218-225, ISSN: 0021-9517, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2017.03.014
Journal of Catalysis 350 2019-07-08
2016 Lichen Liu, Toshiyuki Matsushita, Patricia Concepción, Antonio Leyva-Pérez, Avelino Corma
Facile Synthesis of Surface-Clean Monodispersed CuOx Nanoparticles and Their Catalytic Properties for Oxidative Coupling of Alkynes
published pages: 2211-2221, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b02935
ACS Catalysis 6/4 2019-07-08
2016 Pilar García-García, José María Moreno, Urbano Díaz, Marta Bruix, Avelino Corma
Organic–inorganic supramolecular solid catalyst boosts organic reactions in water
published pages: 10835, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10835
Nature Communications 7 2019-07-08
2017 Nuria Martín, Peter N. R. Vennestrøm, Joakim R. Thøgersen, Manuel Moliner, Avelino Corma
Iron-Containing SSZ-39 (AEI) Zeolite: An Active and Stable High-Temperature NH 3 -SCR Catalyst
published pages: 1754-1757, ISSN: 1867-3880, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201601627
ChemCatChem 9/10 2019-07-08
2016 Z. Li, M. T. Navarro, J. Martínez-Triguero, J. Yu, A. Corma
Synthesis of nano-SSZ-13 and its application in the reaction of methanol to olefins
published pages: 5856-5863, ISSN: 2044-4753, DOI: 10.1039/C6CY00433D
Catalysis Science & Technology 6/15 2019-07-08
2017 M. Rocío Díaz-Rey, Cecilia Paris, Raquel Martínez-Franco, Manuel Moliner, Cristina Martínez, Avelino Corma
Efficient Oligomerization of Pentene into Liquid Fuels on Nanocrystalline Beta Zeolites
published pages: 6170-6178, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b00817
ACS Catalysis 7/9 2019-07-08
2016 Unai De-La-Torre, Beñat Pereda-Ayo, Manuel Moliner, Juan R. González-Velasco, Avelino Corma
Cu-zeolite catalysts for NO x removal by selective catalytic reduction with NH 3 and coupled to NO storage/reduction monolith in diesel engine exhaust aftertreatment systems
published pages: 419-427, ISSN: 0926-3373, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2016.01.020
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 187 2019-07-08
2017 Eva María Gallego, M. Teresa Portilla, Cecilia Paris, Alejandro León-Escamilla, Mercedes Boronat, Manuel Moliner, Avelino Corma
“Ab initio” synthesis of zeolites for preestablished catalytic reactions
published pages: 1051-1054, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aal0121
Science 355/6329 2019-07-08
2017 Eva M. Gallego, Cecilia Paris, M. Rocío Díaz-Rey, Marta E. Martínez-Armero, Joaquín Martínez-Triguero, Cristina Martínez, Manuel Moliner, Avelino Corma
Simple organic structure directing agents for synthesizing nanocrystalline zeolites
published pages: 8138-8149, ISSN: 2041-6520, DOI: 10.1039/c7sc02858j
Chemical Science 8/12 2019-07-08
2016 José María Moreno, Ismael Navarro, Urbano Díaz, Jaime Primo, Avelino Corma
Single-Layered Hybrid Materials Based on 1D Associated Metalorganic Nanoribbons for Controlled Release of Pheromones
published pages: 11192-11196, ISSN: 0044-8249, DOI: 10.1002/ange.201602215
Angewandte Chemie 128/37 2019-07-08
2016 Nuria Martín, Zhibin Li, Joaquín Martínez-Triguero, Jihong Yu, Manuel Moliner, Avelino Corma
Nanocrystalline SSZ-39 zeolite as an efficient catalyst for the methanol-to-olefin (MTO) process
published pages: 6072-6075, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09719C
Chemical Communications 52/36 2019-07-08
2016 Urbano Díaz, Avelino Corma
Ordered covalent organic frameworks, COFs and PAFs. From preparation to application
published pages: 85-124, ISSN: 0010-8545, DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2015.12.010
Coordination Chemistry Reviews 311 2019-07-08

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