Advanced Materials

Alignment of single-crystal zeolites by means of microstructured surfaces

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  • Dr. Loris Scandella,

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    1. Laboratory for Micro- and Nanostructures, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)
    • Laboratory for Micro- and Nanostructures, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)
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  • Gunnar Binder,

    1. Laboratory for Micro- and Nanostructures, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)
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  • Dr. Jens Gobrecht,

    1. Laboratory for Micro- and Nanostructures, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)
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  • Dr. Jacobus C. Jansen

    1. Department of Organic Chemistry and Catalysis, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL Delft (The Netherlands)
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  • This work was supported in part by the COST Chemistry program under Number D5/0010/93. We thank T. Mezzacasa for technical support.

Abstract

Nanoscale devices based on zeolites require either thin films of single-crystalline zeolites or ordered arrangements of zeolite crystals. A novel technique—with potentially wide applications—is reported here that enables thousands of zeolite crystals to be ordered using a microstructured silicon surface. The figure shows zeolites oriented in two positions (marked A and B) in silicon grooves.

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