Design and Synthesis of Microporous Zeolites

Lead Research Organisation: University of St Andrews
Department Name: Chemistry


The aim of this project is to use template hydrothermal synthesis to prepare novel zeolites. These may be (i) materials with known types of tetrahedrally-connected frameworks (called topology types, and denoted by 3-letter codes) but with unprecedented framework compositions, or (ii) structures with novel topology types. The project methodology will involve identifying a topology type that has not yet been prepared either in a certain desired composition or has not been observed at all. The former will require a full analysis of known structures, the latter will be via analysis of databases of hypothetical structures. The criteria for prioritising selection of potential targets will then include the likely applicability of these materials as catalysts and the energetic feasibility of the structure. Templating routes will then be devised to the synthesis of these materials via the use of computational approaches..


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N50936X/1 01/10/2015 30/09/2020
1690674 Studentship EP/N50936X/1 27/09/2015 31/03/2019 Abigail Elise Watts
Description N/a - this work is confidential as in agreement with co-supervisors Johnson Matthey.
Exploitation Route Materials may have potential applications in catalysis/ industry.
Sectors Chemicals,Transport

Description Co-supervisors of the project 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Department Johnson Matthey Technology Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Initial and exploratory syntheses and analysis are carried out in University of St Andrews.
Collaborator Contribution Johnson Matthey provide materials, ideas and support to the project. Scale up and testing performed on site.
Impact Confidential
Start Year 2015