W. Louisfrema, J. Paillaud, F. Porcher
Aug 5, 2016
Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Combining neutron diffraction and classical molecular simulations, we describe the cation migration and associated structural changes taking place in a Ni-exchanged NaY faujasite zeolite upon stepwise dehydration from room temperature up to 400 °C. The cation redistribution between sites and the related framework deformations taking place upon water removal are identified and quantified. Neutron diffraction allows monitoring the zeolite structure, the average cation location and the water content, whereas molecular modeling provides insights into the correlations between the positions of cations and water molecules. Importantly, we demonstrate that the migration of Ni2+ toward highly confined sites upon dehydration is the driving force behind deformation of the hexagonal prisms. The present work illustrates the relevance of combining these two experimental and theoretical approaches to clarify the complex interplay between cation hydration, cation location, and framework deformation. It also underlines th...