(687g) Nanoscale Control of Homoepitaxial Growth on a Two-Dimensional Zeolite
In this work, we report on solution-based growth conditions that lead to slow and controllable epitaxial growth of two-dimensional zeolite nanosheets. Growth rates on the order of few nanometers per day were achieved. Anisotropic growth in the absence of misoriented domains was facilitated by use of an organic additive which suppresses the non-classical crystal growth pathway predominant in most zeolites to favor a classical pathway involving growth by addition of molecular silica species. Controlling and monitoring growth at a nanoscale also revealed novel crystal growth phenomenon associated with the lateral size and local surface curvature of 2D zeolites.
The growth method described herein is enabling us to tune the microstructure of zeolite thin films and hierarchical catalysts at a scale approaching single-unit-cell dimensions which offers great potential to improve their performance in a plethora of commercial applications. Recently, using this growth method we were able to obtain zeolite MFI thin films on gold coated Si wafer that demonstrated exceptionally low dielectric constant and great mechanical strength. The method is transferrable and can be used to grow zeolite crystals irrespective of their size and the support material used. This paves way for development of high performing separation membranes.
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