Microwave-assisted versus conventional synthesis of zeolite A from metakaolinite

H. Youssef, D. Ibrahim, S. Komarneni

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This is a comparative study of the synthesis of zeolite A from metakaolinite using both conventional and microwave-assisted heating. The effects of reaction conditions on the rate of formation, crystallinity and actual % yield of zeolite A were investigated. Reaction parameters such as different NaOH molarities (1.0-5.0 M), temperatures (70 and 80 °C), durations (1-8 h) as well as the effect of seeding percentage (1-4%) were tested. The rate of zeolite A formation was found to increase by 2-3 times in microwave treated samples with a notable enhancement in the product crystallinity and % yield whether seeded or un-seeded.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-534
Number of pages8
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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