Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 81, Issue 2, pp 423–426 | Cite as

Low-temperature synthesis of zeolite from porous silica by hot-water and steam treatment

  • Ryohei Chida
  • Takeshi Higuchi
Original Paper: Nano- and macroporous materials (aerogels, xerogels, cryogels, etc.)


Chabazite (CHA) zeolite was synthesized at 333 K by soaking porous silica powder, derived from Si alkoxide, in a basic solution. In addition, Linde Type A (LTA) zeolite was synthesized at the same temperature via the steam treatment of porous silica powder. Prior to the above treatment, Na, Al, and a structure-directing agent were impregnated into the silica powder. As a result of soaking, porous silica was almost completely converted to CHA, while steam treatment resulted in a composite material composed of LTA and silica. This result suggested that hydrothermal conditions above the boiling point of water is not necessarily required for the synthesis of zeolite from silica.

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Low-temperature zeolite synthesis Hot-water treatment Steam treatment Crystal growth Macroporous silica Alkoxide method 



This study was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 22760578.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringYamagata UniversityYonezawaJapan

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