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Study of zeolites nucleation by Small-Angle X-ray Scattering and Coherent X-ray imaging techniques.

Grant number: 17/23427-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2018
Effective date (End): April 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Materials and Metallurgical Engineering - Nonmetallic Materials
Principal researcher:Florian Edouard Pierre Meneau
Grantee:Paloma Vinaches Melguizo
Home Institution: Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais (CNPEM). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovações (Brasil). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/25964-5 - From the monomers to the nanoparticles: in situ real time investigation of gold nanoparticles formation by synchrotron and microscopy techniques, AP.JP


Zeolites are versatile materials employed industrially as catalysts, adsorbents and in separation processes. Although they were known since antiquity, little is known about the nucleation and growth mechanisms that would help to control the properties of these materials. To unravel the nucleation and growth processes we propose to use Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS), which allows monitoring in situ the formation with length scales ranging from the nanometer up to several hundreds of nanometers. Furthermore, coherent X-ray imaging techniques, which are new emerging imaging techniques, enable to obtain the 3-dimensional morphology of materials as well as the strain distribution, in the case of Bragg coherent diffraction imaging. With these new X-ray coherent techniques, direct visualisation of the zeolites, pores and cavities will be imaged. The results provided by both techniques will enable a better understanding of the zeolite synthesis and the rational design of new zeolitic materials such as nanozeolites. We propose to focus on the study of zeolites LTA, FER, MER, STF and STW. The LTA zeolite will be used as reference; meanwhile the others are very promising and have not been in-depth studied yet. The catalytic tests will be performed in parallel and their results will be correlated with the experiments performed at the synchrotron.

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SCHWANKE, ANDERSON JOEL; VINACHES, PALOMA; MENEAU, FLORIAN; MORGADO, JR., EDISSON; PERGHER, SIBELE. Nucleation and crystallization of the MWW-type lamellar zeolitic precursor. CATALYSIS TODAY, v. 344, n. SI, p. 102-107, . (14/25964-5, 17/23427-0)
VINACHES, PALOMA; MENEAU, FLORIAN; PERGHER, SIBELE B. C.. Ex situ nucleation and growth study of the pure silica HPM-1 zeolite. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, v. 315, . (17/23427-0, 14/25964-5)
VINACHES, PALOMA; DE MELLO, MARIELE SOARES; MENEAU, FLORIAN; MEDEIROS COSTA, IZABEL C.; MORGADO, EDISSON JR JR; PERGHER, SIBELE. Effect of mother liquor addition on (P)MCM-22 synthesis. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, v. 306, . (14/25964-5, 17/23427-0)

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