Synthesis of uniform-sized zeolite from windshield waste

Jae Chan Kim, Mingu Choi, Hee Jo Song, Jung Eun Park, Jin Ho Yoon, Kyung Soo Park, Chan Gi Lee, Dong-Wan Kim

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We demonstrate the synthesis of A-type zeolite from mechanically milled windshield waste via acid treatment and a low-temperature hydrothermal method. As-received windshield cullet was crushed to a fine powder and impurities were removed by HNO3 treatment. The resulting glass powder was used as the source material for the hydrothermal synthesis of A-type zeolite. Crystal structure, morphology, and elemental composition changes of the windshield waste were evaluated at each step of the process through scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, etc. After a high-energy milling process, the glass had an average particle size of 520 nm; after acid treatment, its composition was over 94% silica. Zeolite was successfully synthesized in the A-type phase with a uniform cubic shape.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-25
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 15


  • Amorphous materials
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Crystal structure
  • Electron microscopy
  • Glasses
  • Microporous materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Kim, J. C., Choi, M., Song, H. J., Park, J. E., Yoon, J. H., Park, K. S., Lee, C. G., & Kim, D-W. (2015). Synthesis of uniform-sized zeolite from windshield waste. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 166, 20-25.