Elucidation of Adsorbate Structures and Interactions on Brønsted Acid Sites in H-ZSM-5 by Synchrotron X-ray Powder Diffraction

Tsz Woon Benedict Lo, Lin Ye, Jin Qu, Junliang Sun, Junlin Zheng, Dejing Kong, Claire A. Murray, Chiu C. Tang, Shik Chi Edman Tsang

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KGaA, Weinheim. Microporous H-ZSM-5 containing one Brønsted acid site per asymmetric unit is deliberately chosen to host pyridine, methanol, and ammonia as guest molecules. By using new-generation in situ synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction combined with Rietveld refinement, the slight but significant alteration in scattering parameters of framework atoms modified by the guest molecules enables the user to elucidate their adsorption geometries and interactions with the Brønsted acid sites in H-ZSM-5 in terms of atomic distances and angles within experimental errors. The conclusion, although demonstrated in the H-ZSM-5, is expected to be transferable to other zeolites. This approach provides a stepping stone towards the rational engineering of molecular interaction(s) with acid sites in zeolitic catalysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5981-5984
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Brønsted acid sites
  • catalysis
  • powder X-ray diffraction
  • Rietveld refinement
  • zeolites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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