Structured zeolite containing composite materials – preparation and properties Prof. W. SCHWIEGER Chemical Reaction Engineering Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg Since the late eighties, there has been a rising interest in the development of zeolite coatings. Zeolite coatings are defined as composite materials, comprising a carrier on which zeolite crystals are physically or chemically bonded. Supporting zeolite onto carriers or substrates of different nature, composition and structure/architecture represents a great improvement concerning the technical applicability of zeolitic materials in traditional and emerging fields like catalysis, adsorption, separation and sensors. The zeolite-supported composite leads to performances that are beyond the limitations of unsupported zeolites, by adding mechanical strength, a structuring function and novel functionalities. Indeed, the combination of different materials (zeolite and carrier) with different properties can lead to important synergies, allowing for the manufacturing of multifunctional composites, and broadening the range of applications of zeolitic materials. The aim of the contribution is to offer an overview on special coating techniques, highlighting their synthesis, properties, and potential applications. Hierarchical porous structures1,2, combining the benefits of different pore-size regimes. Materials with combinations of micro-/mesopores4, micro-/macropores5, meso/macropores6 or porosity spreading up to the three orders7 have been synthesized, generally employing two different approaches. Template-directed synthesis utilizes the inherent porosity of temporary/sacrificial templates (artificial or biological) to structure hierarchical porous inorganic frameworks by an imprinting process8. Differently, the coating approach yields hierarchical porous composites by deposition or in-situ synthesis of micro- or mesoporous frameworks onto porous carriers9,10. In the development of hierarchical porous structure, zeolites1 are playing a major role. Many efforts have been concentrated in realizing supported zeolite films for membrane technology11 and zeolite composites or coatings for catalytic and adsorption application12. The great number of different porous carriers which can be used and the huge number of zeolite types make it possible to finely tailor materials for specific technical applications10,13. More recently interests have been also given to self-supporting porous zeolitic frameworks14, leading also to the development of hierarchical bioinspired architectures, utilizing zeolites as building blocks to mimic natural or biological architectures3,15. References 1. Davis, M. E. Ordered porous materials for emerging applications, Nature 417, 813-821, (2002). 2. 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