Recent advances in the imidazolium-based ionic liquid-templated synthesis of microporous zeolites

X. Li, O. J. Curnow, J. Choi, A. C.K. Yip

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Zeolites are one of the most important materials in the family of solid catalysts. Research on zeolite synthesis via designing new structure-directing agents (SDAs) is gaining continuous attention. Ionic liquid is a promising SDA for zeolite synthesis due to its great potential in achieving ambient-pressure synthesis and new zeolite types. This review assesses the currently successful zeolite syntheses using imidazolium-based ionic liquids as the SDAs. It evaluates the structure-directing role of ionic liquids on the zeolite types, which are systematically analyzed according to their membered ring sizes. By providing a snapshot of the recent advances in ionic liquid-templated microporous zeolite synthesis, this review captures the rational design of zeolites and gives insights into the exploration of new zeolite types.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101133
JournalMaterials Today Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors declare the following financial interests/personal relationships which may be considered as potential competing interests: Xuemin Li reports financial support was provided by China Scholarship Council. Jungkyu Choi reports financial support was provided by National Research Foundation of Korea.

Funding Information:
Xuemin Li would like to thank the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for supporting this work through the doctoral scholarship and publication scholarship offered by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. This research was also financially supported by the Mid-Career Researcher Program ( 2020R1A2C1101974 ) through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korea Government (Ministry of Science and ICT; MSIT) .

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  • Imidazolium derivatives
  • Ionothermal
  • Structure-directing agent
  • Zeolite synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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