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Linking Zeolite Porosity to Molecular Diffusion at the Single Crystal Level

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 177˙598 €
 EC max contribution 177˙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-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-07-01   to  2019-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT NL (UTRECHT) coordinator 177˙598.00


 Project objective

Zeolites are the key enablers of diverse chemical reactions, fulfilling a role of utmost importance in (petro-) chemical industry. They contain a precisely defined micropore network, which exposes a 3-D distribution of Brønsted acid sites. The performance of zeolites relies to a great extent on the accessibility of these acid sites, making the facile molecular diffusion through the zeolite pore network essential. For this reason, methods for hierarchical porosity development – such as steaming – are used to increase the molecular uptake of zeolites. These methods introduce auxiliary meso- and macroporosity, which maximize the utilization of the catalyst volume, and thereby improve the catalyst performance and lifetime.

Despite their importance, little is known on zeolite porosity and diffusion due to a lack of nano-sensitive characterization tools which can extract local information on pore features and diffusion properties. The purpose of my research project is to exploit the pore characteristics inside single zeolite crystals through spatially resolved SAXS micro-tomography (µSAXS-CT). This will allow to harvest unprecedented quantitative information on the size distribution and orientation of micro-/meso-/macropores within (sub-) micron volume compartments of single zeolite crystals. In addition, single molecule super-resolution fluorescence microscopy will be used to track the trajectories of single fluorescent reporters with nanometer accuracy during diffusion within these zeolite crystals. This will yield spatially resolved intracrystal diffusion coefficients, which can be directly correlated to the quantitative structural information gained by µSAXS-CT.

The combined application of µSAXS-CT and single molecule tracking at different stages of zeolite steaming will allow to link intracrystal heterogeneities in pore and diffusion properties, respectively. This approach will form a first step towards the 3-D transport modelling within single zeolite crystals.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Laurens D. B. Mandemaker, Matthias Filez, Guusje Delen, Huanshu Tan, Xuehua Zhang, Detlef Lohse, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Time-Resolved In Situ Liquid-Phase Atomic Force Microscopy and Infrared Nanospectroscopy during the Formation of Metal–Organic Framework Thin Films
published pages: 1838-1844, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00203
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9/8 2020-01-23
2017 Zafer Öztürk, Matthias Filez, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Decoding Nucleation and Growth of Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework Thin Films with Atomic Force Microscopy and Vibrational Spectroscopy
published pages: 10915-10924, ISSN: 0947-6539, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201702130
Chemistry - A European Journal 23/45 2020-01-23
2018 Blake Birmingham, Jiangtan Yuan, Matthias Filez, Donglong Fu, Jonathan Hu, Jun Lou, Marlan O. Scully, Bert M. Weckhuysen, Zhenrong Zhang
Spatially-Resolved Photoluminescence of Monolayer MoS 2 under Controlled Environment for Ambient Optoelectronic Applications
published pages: 6226-6235, ISSN: 2574-0970, DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.8b01422
ACS Applied Nano Materials 1/11 2020-01-23
2019 Matthias Filez, Evgeniy A. Redekop, Jolien Dendooven, Ranjith K. Ramachandran, Eduardo Solano, Unni Olsbye, Bert M. Weckhuysen, Vladimir V. Galvita, Hilde Poelman, Christophe Detavernier, Guy B. Marin
Formation and Functioning of Bimetallic Nanocatalysts: The Power of X-ray Probes
published pages: , ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201902859
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2020-01-23
2018 Donglong Fu, Joel E. Schmidt, Paul Pletcher, Pelin Karakiliç, Xinwei Ye, Carolien M. Vis, Pieter C. A. Bruijnincx, Matthias Filez, Laurens D. B. Mandemaker, Louis Winnubst, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Uniformly Oriented Zeolite ZSM-5 Membranes with Tunable Wettability on a Porous Ceramic
published pages: 12458-12462, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201806361
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57/38 2020-01-23
2018 Miguel Rivera‐Torrente, Matthias Filez, Rifan Hardian, Emily Reynolds, Beatriz Seoane, Marie‐Vanessa Coulet, Freddy E. Oropeza Palacio, Jan P. Hofmann, Roland A. Fischer, Andrew L. Goodwin, Philip L. Llewellyn, Bert M. Weckhuysen
Metal‐Organic Frameworks as Catalyst Supports: Influence of Lattice Disorder on Metal Nanoparticle Formation
published pages: 7498-7506, ISSN: 0947-6539, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201800694
Chemistry – A European Journal 24/29 2020-01-23
2018 Matthias Filez, Hilde Poelman, Evgeniy A. Redekop, Vladimir V. Galvita, Konstantinos Alexopoulos, Maria Meledina, Ranjith K. Ramachandran, Jolien Dendooven, Christophe Detavernier, Gustaaf Van Tendeloo, Olga V. Safonova, Maarten Nachtegaal, Bert M. Weckhuysen, Guy B. Marin
Kinetics of Lifetime Changes in Bimetallic Nanocatalysts Revealed by Quick X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy
published pages: 12430-12434, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/ANIE.201806447
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57/38 2020-01-23

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