Synthesis and characterization of zeolite beta

Tamer, Nadir Hakan
Zeolite beta has been synthesized using hydrothermal methods. In order to synthesize zeolite beta an aqueous gel having a molar batch composition of 2.2 Na2O Al2O3 x SiO2 4.6 (TEA)2O 444 H2O was utilized. The synthesis parameters were SiO2/Al2O3 ratio (20 ≤ x ≤ 50) and crystallization time (6 ≤ t ≤ 16 days). Pure zeolite beta was crystallized from the experiments which were performed with the batch composition having SiO2/Al2O3 of 20 and 30 in 6 to 16 days period. For SiO2/Al2O3 of 20 and 30, the highest yield was obtained for 12 days. Therefore, the rest of the experiments, in which SiO2/Al2O3 was 40 and 50, were carried out keeping the synthesis time constant (12 days). Pure zeolite beta was also synthesized for SiO2/Al2O3 of 40 and 50. The highest yield and the most crystalline zeolite beta sample were obtained from the experiment performed at SiO2/Al2O3 of 50 with a synthesis time of 12 days. The morphology and crystal size of the zeolite beta samples were identified by using scanning electron microscope (SEM). It was observed that, zeolite beta samples had spheroidal morphology with the crystal size of about 0.5 ́m. According to the thermogravimetric analyses (TGA), it was found that template molecules and moisture constituted nearly 18 % by weight of the zeolite beta samples. The surface area of the calcined zeolite beta sample was determined by N2 adsorption and was found to be 488 m2/g. Gravimetric sorption analyses yield that, the limiting sorption capacity of Na-Beta for methanol, ethanol, isopropanol and n-butanol at 0°C was about the same with a value of 0.25 cm3/g. For o-xylene, m-xylene and p-xylene that value was 0.21 cm3/g, 0.22 cm3/g and 0.24 cm3/g, respectively.
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N. H. Tamer, “Synthesis and characterization of zeolite beta,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2006.