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Keywords:

  • crystal growth;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • isomerization;
  • mesoporous materials;
  • zeolites
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Sowing the seeds: A sub-micron single-crystal-like ZSM-5 catalyst with enriched intracrystal mesopores is synthesized through a facile organic structure-directing agent-free and seed-induced route. The special crystal structure leads to significantly improved catalytic activity, well-preserved shape selectivity, and slow deactivation in the isomerization of o-xylene to p-xylene.