- Transformation of Discrete Amorphous Aluminosilicate Nanoparticles into Nanosized Zeolites
H. Guo, L. Zhao, C. Martineau-Corcos, F. Fayon, J. Viger-Gravel, H. Awala, P. Boullay, J. Grand, A. Vicente, J.-P. Gilson, S. Mintova
Adv. Mater. Interfaces, in press
The effect of amorphous aluminosilicate precursor nanoparticles on the formation of nanosized zeolites with faujasite (FAU) and sodalite (SOD) type frameworks is illustrated using a new synthetic strategy to prepare nanosized zeolites with tailored particle size distribution, morphology, and structure. This two-step synthesis procedure includes the formation of colloidal suspensions followed by separation of the amorphous precursor nanoparticles, and their subsequent transformation into nanosized crystals by treatment with alkali suspensions (NaOH) solutions only. The selective transformation of the amorphous nanoparticles into FAU and SOD nanosized crystals is studied at atomistic and microscopic levels using 29Si and 23Na nuclear magnetic resonanse (NMR) spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, and N2 physisorption, respectively. The presence of sodalite cages occluding highly mobile sodium in the amorphous nanoparticles is confirmed by 23Na-1H D -HMQC NMR spectroscopy. The subsequent treatment of these amorphous precursor particles with aqueous sodium hydroxide illustrates that the cations are not only charge compensators but also inorganic templates stabilizing sodalite cages during the long-range ordering in the amorphous particles.