Keywords: zeolites, ordered mesoporous materials, isomorphic substitution, catalysis, nanotechnology, Spain, molecular sieve technology, sensors, photodevices, nanoparticles
The Spanish presence in the molecular sieve technology scenario
Molecular sieve research is a mature, but growing, area of interest within the Spanish scientific community. Indeed, Spanish researchers produce about 10% of the total number of publications in the zeolite field, covering new aspects of synthesis, characterisation and catalytic applications of those materials. More recently, there has been an emergent area focusing more on nanotechnological applications. New sensors and photodevices based on molecular sieve materials have also been reported. Furthermore, the void volumes of these micro- or meso-porous materials have been used as casts for synthesising nanoparticles inside the molecular sieves.