A facile method to deposit zeolites Y and L onto cellulose fibers

David Vu, Manuel Marquez, Gustavo Larsen

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Zeolite (Y and L)/cellulose composites are synthesized from natural cellulose fibers pre-treated with NaOH, KOH or Na2SiO3, and preformed zeolite powders. Several techniques such as diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and BET specific surface area measurements were used to characterize these materials. Successful synthesis depends on extent of water removal from open reactors, fiber pre-treatment and reaction temperature, reaction time, and initial water:zeolite:fiber ratio. One important trait of the materials reported in this study is that their zeolite content becomes stable on washing with water at 373 K for several hours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-101
Number of pages9
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2002


  • Cellulose
  • Fiber
  • Filter
  • Zeolite
  • Zeolite/cellulose composite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials


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