From being mere geological curiosities one hundred years ago, zeolites have progressed to their present status as indispensable absorbents and catalysts both in key oil- refining process technologies and consumer detergent industries - to mention only two. As new families are synthesized, modern structural methods increase our understanding of their formation, structure and function. Furthermore, as new industrial uses have been found, the literature on zeolites, and on related zeotypes, has also grown - particularly over the past decade. Consequently, it is now a truism that one cannot review the subject of zeolites without being considerably selective.
In this short overview, the emphasis is placed on explaining what zeolites are, and why they have become so important. Attention is focussed on advances, both in scientific understanding and in their large-scale application, over the past decade; with specific reference to ion-exchange and acid catalysis.Therefore, this book will be of equal interest to those who wish to become acquainted with the field and to those who are already active within it.1. Introduction and History. 2. Natural Zeolites. 3. Nomenclature and Classification Schemes. 4. Synthetic Zeolites. 5. Zeotypes. 6. Prospects. 7. References.
Review from Ringgold Inc., ProtoView: Offers a brief overview of zeolites and their use as absorbents and catalysts in oil-refining process technologies and consumer detergent industries. Attention is on advances in the past decade in research and applications, with specific reference to ion-exchange and acid catalysts. Contains chapters on natural zeolites, nomenclature and classification schemes, synthetic zeolites, and future prospects. An appendix gives a classification table of zeolites and tectosilicates of related topology.