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April 19th, 2006
Mystery evolutionary cycle of zeolite crystals
The porous, sieve-like minerals known as zeolites have been used for decades in purifiers, filters and other devices. Yet creating and refining a new type of zeolite is still a matter of sophisticated trial and error: No one has been able to figure out exactly how the crystals form, even in the laboratory.
Now, however, a team of chemists, engineers and mathematicians, using some of the most advanced microscopes in the research arsenal, has uncovered new details for the step-by-step evolution from molecular soup to carefully engineered zeolite crystal.
University of Minnesota
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