Water adsorption and desorption features play an important role in determining the adsorptive and catalytic properties of zeolites. In this study, the extraframework structure (water and cations) in NaY faujasite zeolite was studied by synchrotron-based in situ time-resolved X-ray diffraction (TR-XRD) in combination with the Rietveld refinement method. It was observed that Na cations locating at different sites migrated between each other during the dehydration process. Water molecules at three separate sites showed interesting geometries: (H2O)4 tetrahedron W1, (H2O)6 ice-like hexagonal W2, and disordered triangle W3. Interactions between each form of water and Na cations were deeply investigated. The stability of the waters followed the sequence of W1 > W3 > W2. This work provides insights into both framework structure and cation positions of model zeolite under actual working conditions, which helps fully understand the properties of zeolites.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering