The “template” effect of the extra-framework content on zeolite compression: The case of yugawaralite

Ettore Fois, Aldo Gamba, Gloria Tabacchi, Rossella Arletti, Simona Quartieri, Giovanna Vezzalini
  • American Mineralogist, January 2005, Mineralogical Society of America
  • DOI: 10.2138/am.2005.1653

Water and ions in zeolites at high pressure

What is it about?

Natural zeolites are amazing minerals: they can withstand very high pressures even if they are porous. Why? To solve the mistery, here we study one of these minerals under high pressure conditions, using both experiments and simulations.

Why is it important?

We found that the response of the material to compression is governed by the species inside the cavities. In particular, they act as "pillars" - they increase the resistance of the mineral to compression. This information could help enlarging the stability range of technologically relevant porous materials.


Gloria Tabacchi
university of insubria

Knowledge on the interactions of simple species like water, and ions inside minerals is essential to better understand the behavior of clusters or nanoparticles in artificial porous materials. Many technological applications are based on these composite materials

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