Controlled Crystallization of LTA Zeolitic Nanoparticles from a Clear Solution Using Organic Template

Document Type: Research Article

Authors

1 Faculty of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, I.R. IRAN

2 Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, Ontario, CANADA

Abstract

LTA Zeolite nanoparticles was successfully synthesized from clear solution under controlled conditions using hydrothermal method using tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide as a structural directing agent. The as-synthesized LTA zeolite particles were characterized by powder X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier Transform InfraRed (FT-IR) spectroscopy, Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis  and surface area measuring technique of Brunauer, Emmett and Teller (BET). XRD patterns and FT-IR spectra were ascertained the formation of pure crystalline phase of 4A (i.e. LTA) zeolite. SEM micrograph was shown particles size in the range of 60 -170 nm with uniform morphology. The Si /Al ratio of the as-synthesized zeolite nanoparticles was 1.66 with a BET surface area of 421 m2/g.

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