To leave our planet liveable in the next millennium mankind is forced to find environmentally friendly ways in solving the problems of everyday life. Among others, technologies of producing chemicals, absolutely necessary for maintaining a comfortable life, have to be modified, in some instances fundamentally changed now, or in the very near future. Developing new technologies requires strong and innovative fundamental research. In order to provide opportunity for crossfertilization the Federation of European Zeolite Associations (FEZA) decided to organise a conference, where researchers from academia as well as industry can meet, exchange ideas, show and discuss research efforts and results concerning the development of environmentally friendly processes and technologies. The conference, and thus the proceedings are divided into two main parts. The first part contains works concerning the synthesis, modification and characterisation of zeolitic materials as catalyst candidates in environmentally friendly technologies. Works in the second part describe various applications starting from developing highly selective reactions for the fine chemical industry, through waste-water treatment to applying zeolite for formulating bacteria for pest control.
Chapter headings and selected papers: -- Zeolites of Environmental Importance. -- Application of zeolite membranes, films and coatings (F. Mizukami). -- A method for the preparation of silicalite-1 microspheres (L. Tosheva <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Influence of synthesis media on the TS-1 characteristics (A. Carati <IT>et al.</IT>). -- FER-type catalysts: synthesis and characterization (F. Cosentino <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Factors controlling the coatings of a metal with zeolite Y (G. Clet <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Synthesis of nanosized FAU-type zeolite (S. Mintova, V. Valtchev). -- Incorporation of iron in MFI structure in fluoride media (F. Testa <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Free volumes in zeolites as probed by positrons (G. Duplâtre <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Investigation of liquid crystals in porous materials (H.-L. Zubowa <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Environmental Applications. -- Layered double hydroxides as solid base catalysts and catalyst precursors (D. Tichit, F. Fajula). -- Benzene saturating isomerization (J. Hancsók <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Catalytic cracking of n-butane over rare earth-loaded HZSM-5 catalysts (K. Wakui <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Effect of trivalent elements in the framework on the basicity of zeolites (C. Yang <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Selective nitration of toluene with acetyl nitrate and zeolites (D. Vassena <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Natural zeolites in environmentally friendly processes and applications (C. Colella). -- Sorption thermodynamics of nitrogen and oxygen on CaA zeolite (D. Shen <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Wastewater treatment with natural clinoptilolite: a new additive (D. Kalló, J. Papp). -- Zeolite content and cation exchange capacity of zeolite-rich rocks (A.F. Gualtieri <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Zeolite matrices for pigments (S. Kowalak <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Potential use of MCM-41 for adsorptive separation of methylalumoxane (T. Sano <IT>et al.</IT>). -- Author index. Subject index
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