|Title||Solid-state NMR investigation of the possible existence of "Nanoblocks" in the clear solution synthesis of MFI materials|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Authors||Fyfe, CA, Darton, RJ, Schneider, C, Scheffler, F|
|Journal||Journal of Physical Chemistry C|
The structure of the intermediate species in the clear solution synthesis of the MFI framework (zeolite ZSM 5) has been investigated using the characteristic C-13, N-14, N-15, and 2D spectra of the tetrapropylammonium (TPA) template ions as probes as well as the Si-29 spectra of the silicate species present in samples that can be isolated by centrifugation. Comparison with the corresponding spectra of the final products that can be characterized by X-ray diffraction indicates that there is no evidence for the involvement of nanospecies, as has been proposed, and that crystallization is most probably from an amorphous gel. This conclusion is supported by the lack of deuterium rotational echo double-resonance dephasing of the Si-29 spectra by deuterated TPA of the earliest intermediate species obtained, while it is clearly observed in the final product. These observations indicate that any TPA ions present in the gel phase are not in intimate contact with the silicon nuclei as they would be if in the local MFl environment. This is supported by the very low amount of TPA found by N-14 NMR, which is much less than needed for the proposed nano intermediates and the fact that the TPA present can be removed by simple re-suspension in water and recovery.
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