Synthesis and characteristics of ZSM-5 zeolite prepared from water glass

Hoon Hee Woo, Ji Sook Hong, Jeong Kwon Suh, Kwan Young Lee, Jung Min Lee

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


ZSM-5 was synthesized from water glass as the silica source and Al(OH) 3 as Al source. Water glass is an inexpensive silica source, but controlling the reactant composition was difficult because of the high alkali content in water glass. Considering environmental and economic concerns, we propose a new alkali extraction method using methanol to remove the alkali ingredients from water glass. When the MeOH/SiO 2 molar ratio was 3, the maximum extraction of alkali components occurred. After extracting with MeOH, the filtrates were analyzed by UV spectroscopy and titration methods, and we determined the Al 2O 3:SiO 2:Na 2O: H 2O molar ratio to be 1:58:7.55:1510. Crystallization by hydrothermal synthesis was performed at various reaction temperatures and times. Characterizations were carried out by means of XRD and SEM. ZSM-5 display a characteristic MFI peak in its XRD pattern and its crystals have planar shapes and 1~2 μm particle sizes. Alkali extraction using methanol in a template-free system is a better method for controling the level of Na 2O in water glass used for ZSM-5 synthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-652
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jul


  • Extraction
  • Hydrothermal synthesis
  • Template-free
  • Water glass
  • ZSM-5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Synthesis and characteristics of ZSM-5 zeolite prepared from water glass'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this