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Spatiotemporal and In-situ Spectroscopic Crystallization Studies of Microporous Materials

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postcode: 3584 CS

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
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 Total cost 165˙598 €
 EC max contribution 165˙598 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2018-08-31


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1    UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT NL (UTRECHT) coordinator 165˙598.00


 Project objective

Microporous materials are crystalline, framework structures that contain pores of less than 2 nm. They commonly exhibit robust hydrothermal stability and are used in a wide range of areas including catalysis, separations, ion exchange and adsorption where their shape and size selectivity often shows superior performance over other materials. They are formed by crystallization from amorphous inorganic oxides, but the underlying mechanisms that govern the crystallization of microporous materials are poorly understood, despite extensive work in this area. This lack of understanding means that the development of new materials and compositions is an inefficient trial and error process mainly guided by heuristics. In this work I propose to study the formation principles of microporous materials through 3D spatiotemporal element mapping and monitoring the incorporation of spectroscopically active and catalytically interesting heteroatoms, namely copper and titanium, in distinct framework structures. This proposal uses two distinct approaches (ex-situ STXM and in-situ spectroscopy) to study two different inorganic chemistries (aluminophosphate and silicate) with two different spectroscopically active heteroatoms (copper and titanium) and four different microporous material frameworks (AFI, CHA, MFI and MWW) in order to probe the underlying crystallization mechanisms behind microporous material synthesis and crystallization. The unprecedented combination of 3D spatiotemporal element mapping at various stages of crystallization combined with in-situ spectroscopic studies of catalytically active elements will lead to previously unavailable information about the underlying mechanisms governing the formation of these materials. These insights will lead to innovations in synthesizing both known and novel materials and compositions.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Frank C. Hendriks, Joel E. Schmidt, Jeroen A. Rombouts, Koop Lammertsma, Pieter C. A. Bruijnincx, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Probing Zeolite Crystal Architecture and Structural Imperfections using Differently Sized Fluorescent Organic Probe Molecules
published pages: 6305-6314, ISSN: 0947-6539, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201700078
Chemistry - A European Journal 23/26 2019-06-13
2016 Joel E. Schmidt, Donglong Fu, Michael W. Deem, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Template-Framework Interactions in Tetraethylammonium-Directed Zeolite Synthesis
published pages: 16044-16048, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201609053
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 55/52 2019-06-13
2018 Joel E. Schmidt, Linqing Peng, Alessandra Lucini Paioni, Helena Leona Ehren, Wei Guo, Baishakhi Mazumder, D. A. Matthijs de Winter, Özgün Attila, Donglong Fu, Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury, Klaartje Houben, Marc Baldus, Jonathan D. Poplawsky, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Isolating Clusters of Light Elements in Molecular Sieves with Atom Probe Tomography
published pages: , ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b04494
Journal of the American Chemical Society 2019-06-13
2017 Donglong Fu, Joel E. Schmidt, Zoran Ristanović, Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury, Florian Meirer, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Highly Oriented Growth of Catalytically Active Zeolite ZSM-5 Films with a Broad Range of Si/Al Ratios
published pages: 11217-11221, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201704846
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56/37 2019-06-13
2017 Donglong Fu, Katie Park, Guusje Delen, Özgün Attila, Florian Meirer, Derek Nowak, Sung Park, Joel E. Schmidt, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Nanoscale infrared imaging of zeolites using photoinduced force microscopy
published pages: 13012-13014, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/C7CC06832H
Chemical Communications 53/97 2019-06-13
2017 Joel E. Schmidt, Ramon Oord, Wei Guo, Jonathan D. Poplawsky, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Nanoscale tomography reveals the deactivation of automotive copper-exchanged zeolite catalysts
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-01765-0
Nature Communications 8/1 2019-06-13
2018 Donglong Fu, Joel Schmidt, Paul Pletcher, Pelin Karakilic, Xinwei Ye, Carolien Vis, Pieter Bruijnincx, Matthias Filez, Laurens Mandemaker, Louis Winnubst, Bert Marc Weckhuysen
Uniformly Oriented Zeolite ZSM-5 Membranes with Tunable Wettability on a Porous Ceramic
published pages: , ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201806361
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019-06-13
2018 Bert Marc Weckhuysen, Joel Schmidt, Linqing Peng, Jonathan Poplawsky
Nanoscale Chemical Imaging of Zeolites Using Atom Probe Tomography
published pages: , ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201712952
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2019-06-13
2018 Ramon Oord, Joel E. Schmidt, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Methane-to-methanol conversion over zeolite Cu-SSZ-13, and its comparison with the selective catalytic reduction of NO x with NH 3
published pages: 1028-1038, ISSN: 2044-4753, DOI: 10.1039/C7CY02461D
Catalysis Science & Technology 8/4 2019-06-13
2018 Joel E. Schmidt, Frank C. Hendriks, Martin Lutz, L. Christiaan Post, Donglong Fu, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Diagnosing the Internal Architecture of Zeolite Ferrierite
published pages: 367-372, ISSN: 1439-4235, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201700583
ChemPhysChem 19/4 2019-06-13
2016 Joel E. Schmidt, Jonathan D. Poplawsky, Baishakhi Mazumder, Özgün Attila, Donglong Fu, D. A. Matthijs de Winter, Florian Meirer, Simon R. Bare, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Coke Formation in a Zeolite Crystal During the Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons Reaction as Studied with Atom Probe Tomography
published pages: 11173-11177, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201606099
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 55/37 2019-06-13

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