Amphiphilic surfactants are widely used as templates to synthesize hierarchically structured zeolites due to their multiple functions; however, piloting such new dual‐functional templates is limited by their time‐consuming nature and high cost. Herein, a simple organic molecule, without a long hydrophobic alkyl chain, was tailored from a gemini‐type, poly‐quaternary ammonium surfactant, and effectively used as a dual‐porogenic template to synthesize hierarchical MTW zeolite. Upon a range of synthesis parameter optimizations, our detailed characterization suggested that the hierarchical MTW zeolite would completely crystallize within 36 hours from the surface to the inside of quasi—spherical particles through in situ consumption of amorphous silicon and aluminum species; much faster than most of the hierarchical MTW zeolites generated by conventional methods. Moreover, the as‐prepared hierarchical MTW zeolite exhibited 4 times higher catalytic performance and lifetime of benzene‐propene alkylation compared to conventional MTW zeolite, while the introduced crystalline mesopores are of benefit to diffuse reactants, products, and coke depositions. Our strategy broadens the design of new templates in more effective ways to facilely synthesize versatile hierarchical zeolites for diverse applications, especially for those in which macromolecules are involved.
Chemistry - A European Journal – Wiley
Published: Jan 7, 2018
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