Aluminum-containing mesostructural materials

Andreas Stein, Brian Holland

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This article reviews syntheses of mesoporous aluminosilicates and aluminum oxides based on surfactant templating methods. The incorporation of aluminum in the silicate frameworks generates acid sites and ion-exchange sites. Both, tetrahedral framework aluminum and octahedral extraframework aluminum can be present, depending on the aluminum precursor used. The aluminum-containing structures tend to be less ordered than their purely siliceous analogs. Dealumination plays a significant role during template removal. Other methods for the synthesis of mesoporous aluminum-containing sieves are based on the structural transformation of kanemite, and on cluster precursors which may be connected by self-condensation or by condensation with silicate bridges. Purely aluminous mesostructures can be prepared with neutral templates or by condensing Keggin-like aluminum clusters in an ordered salt with an anionic surfactant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Porous Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


  • Aluminosilicate mesostructures
  • Aluminum oxide mesostructures
  • Dealumination
  • Salt-gel synthesis
  • Surfactant templates


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