Model-based synthesis of new zeolite materials via aggregation of precursors and nanoparticles

01 January 2008 → 30 December 2013
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Macromolecular and materials chemistry
    • Theoretical and computational chemistry
    • Other chemical sciences
  • Engineering and technology
    • Catalysis and reacting systems engineering
    • Chemical product design and formulation
    • General chemical and biochemical engineering
    • Process engineering
    • Separation and membrane technologies
    • Transport phenomena
    • Other (bio)chemical engineering
synthesis catalysis microporous materials molecular modeling
Project description

The project is a collaborative effort between the experimental group (COK-KULeuven) and the CMM (UGent) to understand the underlying mechanism of the formation of precursors and their aggregation for zeolites and microporous-mesoporous hybrid materials. The project has two fundamental goals: (1) improve the scientific understanding of the molecular aspects of zeolite synthesis processes via a combination of theoretical modeling and experimentation and (2) model based synthesis of new materials. The underlying scientific hypothesis is that the materials grow via aggregation of template-specific precursors and that the aggregation of the latter ultimately could be described in a way that synthesis of new silicate materials by design will become possible.