Using ultrasound to improve the sequential post-synthesis modification method for making mesoporous Y zeolites

Rongxin Zhang, Peinan Zhong, Hamidreza Arandiyan, Yanan Guan, Jinmin Liu, Na Wang, Yilai Jiao, Xiaolei Fan

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Mesoporous Y zeolites were prepared by the sequential chemical dealumination (using chelating agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, H4EDTA, and citric acid aqueous solutions) and alkaline desilication (using sodium hydroxide, NaOH, aqueous solutions) treatments. Specifically, the ultrasound-assisted alkaline treatment (i.e., ultrasonic treatment) was proposed as the alternative to conventional alkaline treatments which are performed under hydrothermal conditions. In comparison with the hydrothermal alkaline treatment, the ultrasonic treatment showed the comparatively enhanced efficiency (with the reduced treatment time, i.e., 5 min vs. 30 min, all with 0.2 mol·L−1 NaOH at 65°C) in treating the deal-uminated Y zeolites for creating mesoporosity. For example, after the treatment of a dealuminated zeolite Y (using 0.1 mol·L−1 H4EDTA at 100°C for 6 h), the ultrasonic treatment produced the mesoporous zeolite Y with the specific external surface area (Sexternal) of 160 m2·g·−1and mesopore volume (Vmeso) of 0.22 cm3·g−1, being slightly higher than that by the conventional method (i.e., Sextemal= 128 m2·g−1 and Vmeso = 0.19 cm3·g−1). The acidic property and catalytic activity (in catalytic cracking of n-octane) of mesoporous Y zeolites obtained by the two methods were comparable. The ultrasonic desilication treatment was found to be generic, also being effective to treat the dealuminated Y zeolites by citric acid. Additionally, the first step of chemical dealumination treatment was crucial to enable the effective creation of mesopores in the parent Y zeolite (with a silicon-to-aluminium ratio, Si/Al = 2.6) regardless of the subsequent alkaline desilication treatment (i.e., ultrasonic or hydrothermal). Therefore, appropriate selection of the condition of the chemical dealumination treatment based on the property of parent zeolites, such as Si/Al ratio and crystallinity, is important for making mesoporous zeolites effectively. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-287
Number of pages13
JournalFrontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • alkaline desilication treatment
  • chemical dealumination treatment
  • mesoporous zeolite
  • post-synthesis treatment
  • ultrasound
  • zeolite Y

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (all)


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