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Zeolites are three-dimensional, microporous, crystalline solids with well-defined structures that contain aluminum, silicon, and oxygen in their regular framework; cations and water are located in the....

What are zeolites?

Zeolites are three-dimensional, microporous, crystalline solids with well-defined structures that contain aluminum, silicon, and oxygen in their regular framework; cations and water are located in the pores. The silicon and aluminum atoms are tetrahedrally coordinated with each other through shared oxygen atoms. Zeolites are natural minerals that are mined in many parts of the world; most zeolites used commercially are produced synthetically. Zeolites have void space (cavities or channels) that can host cations, water, or other molecules. Because of their regular and reproducible structure, they behave in a predictable fashion.


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