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ZEOLITES

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Zeolitic catalyst particles are grown with nanosized fins that improve mass transport into the interior of the particle. This delays catalyst deactivation in the methanol-to-hydrocarbons process.

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Fig. 1: Schematic representation of crystal morphology engineering, where n is degree of branching, and f is number of protrusions (fins).
Fig. 2: Comparison of finned zeolite nanoparticles to unfinned zeolite nanoparticles for MTH conversion.

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Sastre, G. Look beneath the surface. Nat. Mater. 19, 1040–1041 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-020-0771-z

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