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Al-Mn-silicate nanobubbles phase as an intermediate in zeolite formation


Manganese (II) carbonate, silicic acid and aluminum nitrate were treated hydrothermally at different temperatures (120–210°C) and for different durations (6–72 h) in an aqueous basic medium. Different compositions of starting mixtures were used. The synthetized materials were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, FTIR-spectroscopy, N2 adsorption analysis, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), thermal analysis (TG-DTG), Temperature-programmed reduction (TPR), X-fluorescence, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electronic paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and 29Si and 27Al MAS-NMR spectroscopy. The formation of kaolinite, smectite-like and Mn-containing lamellar phases was observed, but only in minor amounts contrary to previous studies. The majority phase was an original Al–Mn silicate with nanobubble-like morphology, a high surface area and mesoporosity, containing both Mn(IV) in lattice positions and Mn2 + as exchangeable cations. This amorphous Al–Mn-silicate nanobubbles phase seems to be an intermediate in a zeolite formation. Indeed, the increase of the reaction temperature, the reaction time or the reagent concentrations promoted the crystallization of a zeolite of the analcime type by transformation of the Al–Mn-silicate nanobubbles.
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hal-01548120 , version 1 (27-06-2017)



Amal Bejar, Semy Ben Chaabene, Maguy Jaber, Jean-François Lambert, Latifa Bergaoui. Al-Mn-silicate nanobubbles phase as an intermediate in zeolite formation. Applied Clay Science, 2016, 123, pp.202 - 209. ⟨10.1016/j.clay.2016.01.025⟩. ⟨hal-01548120⟩
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