Industrial Catalysis—Zeolite L

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Zeolite L is a nanostructure derived from potassium aluminosilicate solutions. Zeolyte L is a crystalline mesoporous nanomaterial that is comprised of nanoclsuters that align into crystalline bundles.  THese clusters of crystals create porous channels that can range from 2 to 60nm in length with the total cluster length averaging about 60nm.  The clusters are approximatly 15 to 40 nm in the dimension perpendicular to the porous channels[1].

Zeolite L catalyzes bulk compounds for industrial processes including, but not limited to, petroleum-based compound reformulations, volatile organic compound reformulations and synthetic compound reformulation.  Catalysis is the process by which chemicals (traditionally organics) are formed, reformed or combined with other compounds. Catalysis can be used to produce fuels from low grade hydrocarbon chains that have been economically inferior to petroleum-based fuels.  The advantages of the surface area to mass ratio and the precision offered by nano-structured catalysts has lead to the earlier adoption of these catalysts in the chemical processing industries (petroleum reformulation, fuel additive, and other related applications).



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Zeolite L nano-structured compounds offer the typical high surface area desired for more efficient catalysis. The Zeolite L structure creates a precise mechanism to reformulate volatile organic compounds.





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The nano-structured catalysts offer significant opportunities for fuel reformulation from hydrocarbons that were previously infeasible either economically or technically. The precision with which the catalysis can be controlled offers resource efficiency gains to the petro-chemical industries.


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Zeolites are naturally occurring minerals, often found in clay and silt. Some of these minerals are used for their health and detoxifying effect since they can absorb and catalyze harmful materials. Even amongst zeolite Ls, there are a number of different characteristics that can affect their toxicity to humans and in the environment. THe risks are dependent on the specific type of zeolite L and its specific Application.

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