Recent advances in the imidazolium-based ionic liquid-templated synthesis of microporous zeolites

X. Li, O. J. Curnow, J. Choi, A. C.K. Yip

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Zeolites are one of the most important materials in the family of solid catalysts. Research on zeolite synthesis via designing new structure-directing agents (SDAs) is gaining continuous attention. Ionic liquid is a promising SDA for zeolite synthesis due to its great potential in achieving ambient-pressure synthesis and new zeolite types. This review assesses the currently successful zeolite syntheses using imidazolium-based ionic liquids as the SDAs. It evaluates the structure-directing role of ionic liquids on the zeolite types, which are systematically analyzed according to their membered ring sizes. By providing a snapshot of the recent advances in ionic liquid-templated microporous zeolite synthesis, this review captures the rational design of zeolites and gives insights into the exploration of new zeolite types.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101133
JournalMaterials Today Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec


  • Imidazolium derivatives
  • Ionothermal
  • Structure-directing agent
  • Zeolite synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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