Zeolite Synthesis: How to Leverage the Past to Become a More Effective Experimentalist

Joel Schmidt
Authors: Joel E. Schmidt, Larry A. Bowden, Christopher M. Lew, Tracy M. Davis, Dan Xie, Stacey I. Zones

Chevron Energy Technology Company

The history of zeolite synthesis contains several advances of paramount importance, such as: the first synthetic zeolite, the use of organic structure directing agents, (silico)aluminophosphate compositions, and the use of fluoride as well as more exotic heteroatoms. These landmark achievements all have added a new direction of study to the field. However, careful accounting of the landscape of publications and patents reveals that this field is also subject to the so called “nostalgia pendulum,” whereby research “discoveries” tend to be resurrected every few decades. In this presentation I will first give a few examples to demonstrate the cycle of research, and then highlight some data mining, extraction and analysis strategies that can be used to avoid these pitfalls, and enable us to push investigations into truly novel directions. Finally, I will conclude by offering some insight into how we combine this data with current laboratory outcomes to achieve a more effective design of experiments.