Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering ( IF 3.552 ) Pub Date : 2020-01-15 , DOI: 10.1007/s11705-019-1878-0 Peng Luo, Yejun Guan, Hao Xu, Mingyuan He, Peng Wu
Hierarchical core/shell Zeolite Socony Mobil-five (ZSM-5) zeolite was hydrothermally postsythesized in the solution of NaOH and diammonium surfactant via a dissolution-reassembly strategy. The silica and alumina species were firstly dissolved partially from the bulky ZSM-5 crystals and then were in situ reassembled into the MFI-type nanosheets with the structure-directing effect of diammonium surfactant, attaching to the out-surface of ZSM-5 core crystals. The mesopores thus were generated in both the core and shell part, giving rise to a micropore/mesopore composite material. The micropore volume and the acidity of the resultant hybrid were well-preserved during this in situ recrystallization process. Possessing the multiple mesopores and enlarged external surface area, the core/shell ZSM-5 zeolite exhibited higher activity in the ketalation and acetalization reactions involving bulky molecules in comparison to the pristine ZSM-5.