What is it about?

This is a review on a broad class of porous materials, called zeolites, important for earth sciences, chemistry, industry and technology. Our review discusses the behaviour of these minerals under very high pressures.

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Why is it important?

Zeolites are part of our everyday life. We find them in laundry detergents and fertilizers, cat littery and solar-energy devices. Almost all the world’s gasoline is produced using zeolites. Studying these porous materials under high pressures is important for improving many of their commercial applications and industrial processes. It is also essential for understanding their geological origin. Here, we summarized the knowledge gained from previous studies, and presented our views, which take into account both the geological and the industrial relevance of these materials.


When zeolites are compressed under very high pressures, cool things may happen. For example, compression may cause chemical reactions inside the zeolite pores, that can be exploited to produce new materials. Pressure can be used to introduce molecules inside the zeolite pores, which can form beautifully ordered structures with atomic precision. We think that pressure effects in zeolites are among the most fascinating discoveries in material science over the last decade, and they may have many potential technological and geological implications.

Gloria Tabacchi
university of insubria

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This page is a summary of: The effect of pressure on open-framework silicates: elastic behaviour and crystal–fluid interaction, Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, August 2017, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s00269-017-0916-z.
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