Reveling zeolite domains (in red) embedded in an inert matrix of binder and filler (in blue), conforming a catalytic particle. We have used confocal florescence microscopy with a staining molecule (fluorostyrene). The same catalytic particles have been tested in the methanol to hydrocarbon reaction, finding a direct correlation between the size of the zeolite domains with the intrinsic selectivity and deactivation of the catalysts.

For more information:
"Spatial Distribution of Zeolite ZSM-5 within Catalyst Bodies Affects Selectivity and Stability of Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons Conversion"
Authors: Dr. Pedro Castaño1,*, Dr. Javier Ruiz-Martínez2, Eva Epelde1, Prof. Dr. Ana G. Gayubo1, Prof. Dr. Bert M. Weckhuysen2,*
1Department of Chemical Engineering, University of the Basque Country, Faculty of Science and Technology, 644-48080 Bilbao (Spain), Fax: (+34) 94601-3500
2Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis Group, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, Universiteitslaan 99, 3584 CG Utrecht (The Netherlands)

DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201300218

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