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The promise of emptiness

Zeolites are materials with widespread applications. A newly synthesized example has desirably large pores, as well as the virtue of thermal stability, and shows the value of structure-prediction programs.

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Figure 1: Structure of ITQ-33, the zeolite synthesized by Corma et al.1.
Figure 2: Zeolite frameworks with pores of different dimensions.

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Lobo, R. The promise of emptiness. Nature 443, 757–758 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/443757a

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