Preparation of zeolite-coated cordierite honeycombs prepared by an in situ crystallization method

Kiyoshi Okada, Yoshikazu Kameshima, Chengala D. Madhusoodana, Rathindra N. Das

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Zeolite thin films were prepared on cordierite (Mg2Al 4Si5O18) honeycomb substrates by in situ crystallization using soft hydrothermal conditions. The synthesized zeolite films (zeolite A and ZSM-5) were characterized by XRD, FTIR, SEM, NH 3-TPD, and Ns2 and propane gas adsorption. Zeolite-A films were prepared by dip-coating on a cordierite substrate in a precursor of molar composition of Na2O:Al2O3: SiO2: H2O=4:1:2:100 and heating in an autoclave at 80 °C for 6-10 h. The resultant zeolite-A films consisted of cubic crystals about 2-3 μm in size, achieving a thickness of 20 μm after re-coating. ZSM-5 films were similarly formed using a microporous silica precursor obtained by selective leaching of metakaolinite with tetrapropylammonium hydroxide (TPAOH) as the templating agent. The molar composition of the precursor was NaOH:microporous silica:TPAOH:H2O=1:10:1:200. The dipped substrate covered with the wet precursor gel was heated in an autoclave at 150 °C for 24 h. The resultant films were composed of short prismatic <1 μm crystals achieving thickness of several to 10 μm after re-coating. The microstructure and porous properties of the ZSM-5 films were found to change according to the chemical composition and surface treatment of the cordierite substrates. The presence of a SiO2-rich interfacial layer between the substrate and zeolite film increased the amount of zeolite formed and the physical adsorption but decreased the solid acidity and amount of chemisorption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-484
Number of pages6
JournalScience and Technology of Advanced Materials
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrothermal treatment
  • In situ crystallization
  • Microstructure
  • Porous properties
  • Zeolite films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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