From Not Safe to Environmentally Friendly Processing or Green Chemistry? From History to Present in Development of Zeolitic and Other Industrial Adsorbents
Affiliation: Comenius University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Environmental Ecology, Bratislava, Slovakia.
Keywords: Eco-friendly substances, green processing for future, molecular sieves, new advanced adsorption materials, zeolites.
According to the current literature, a dramatic increase in new published data or some-like „renaissance“ in the
synthesis and fabrication of zeolitic and other industrial adsorbents, in a broad sence porous adsorption materials, has been
reported over the last quarter of the century. Some of them are expected to be very useful and perspective adsorbents also
in environmental control and remediation processes. Zeolites synthetic as well as natural, based on their beneficial properties
and economic value, represent for a long time recognized industrial commodities. Advances in nanoscale science and
engineering and development of novel functional materials, nanostructured membranes, bioactive nanoparticles and other
surface engineered materials, microstructure of which has been recognized from evolutionary unique anatomy in nature
are providing another unprecedent opportunity to develop more cost effective and environmentally acceptable adsorption
materials of today.
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