Zeolites fit for a crown: Studying organic-framework host-guest interactions through thermogravimetric techniques

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Every year millions of tons of zeolites are produced, being used as molecular sieves, hydrocracking catalysts, gas-capture materials and for emerging novel applications. There is a demand to synthesise new zeolites with bespoke frameworks, which are tailor-made for a chosen application. To achieve these ‘designer zeolites’ it is crucial to fully understand the host-guest interactions between organic additives and zeolitic frameworks. Here we have studied four different zeolites, synthesised with the same organic additive, 18-crown-6 ether, which show observable differences in the host-guest interactions. We demonstrate that the framework geometry dominates the decomposition temperature, enthalpy and mechanism. The zeolites show unique decomposition features, emphasising experimental differences in how the organic additive and framework interact.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110479
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
Early online date29 Jul 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Jul 2020


  • 18-Crown-6 ether
  • Catalyst
  • EMT
  • FAU
  • Framework
  • Host-guest interactions
  • KFI
  • Organic additive
  • OSDA
  • RHO
  • Synthesis
  • Template
  • Thermogravimetric
  • Zeolite
  • Zeolite X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials


Dataset for "Zeolites fit for a Crown: Probing Host-Guest Interactions with Thermogravimetric Methods"

Nearchou, A. (Creator), Sartbaeva, A. (Supervisor), Castaing, R. (Related Person) & Raithby, P. (Related Person), University of Bath, 29 Jul 2020


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