Advancing zeolite materials offers great opportunities to improve the efficiency of large-scale processes for converting fossil resources into chemicals and fuels. Our understanding of zeolites’ catalytic properties has evolved tremendously using photon techniques such as
infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. In comparison, the role of surfaces, detects and substituted heteroatoms are less well understood. Such insight requires high-spatial resolution as offered by modern electron microscopy. However, zeolites are highly susceptible to alterations by the strong interaction with the electron beam. New imaging concepts, however, offer new possibilities to overcome these alterations and enable new unique insight that will contribute to our efforts on using zeolites in catalytic technologies.
This project focusses on exploring the recent advances in atomic-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in combination with optical spectroscopy to study zeolite materials and their surface structures.