Preparation of b-oriented MFI films on porous stainless steel substrates

Godwin T.P. Mabande, Shubhajit Ghosh, Zhiping Lai, Wilhelm Schwieger, Michael Tsapatsis*

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The preparation of smooth mesoporous silica layers on rough, porous stainless steel supports and the subsequent synthesis of well-intergrown b-oriented MFI films on these intermediate layers were investigated. Parameters such as surfactant-silica sol dilution, number of coating cycles, drying, and calcination were systematically varied to optimize mesoporous silica deposition results. Multiple slip- and aerosol-coating cycles with intermediate drying/calcination steps had to be employed to prepare mesoporous layers with adequate thickness and minimal cracking. b-Oriented MFI seed monolayers could be covalently attached to these mesoporous layers with high coverage using 3-chloropropyltrimethoxysilane as the coupling agent. Sonication during the final step of seed deposition was found to be necessary to achieve high seed coverage and orientation. Finally, highly b-oriented and intergrown MFI films could be produced by secondary growth of b-oriented seed layers using trimer tetrapropylammonium iodide as the structure-directing agent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9086-9095
Number of pages10
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number24
StatePublished - Nov 23 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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