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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 2783143, 10 pages
Research Article

Nanoporosity of MCM-41 Materials and Y-Zeolites Created by Deposition of Tournefortia hirsutissima L. Plant Extract

1Departamento de Investigación en Zeolitas, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Complejo de Ciencias, Ciudad Universitaria, 72570 Puebla, PUE, Mexico
2Facultad de Ingeniería Química, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, PUE, Mexico
3Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, PUE, Mexico
4Departamento de Química, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Apartado Postal 55-534, 09340 Mexico City, Mexico
5Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, Km. 107, Ensenada, BC, Mexico

Correspondence should be addressed to Miguel Angel Hernández

Received 13 May 2017; Revised 2 August 2017; Accepted 8 August 2017; Published 18 September 2017

Academic Editor: Bodo Fiedler

Copyright © 2017 Miguel Angel Hernández et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Hybrid materials based on MCM-41 silica and Y-zeolites with a variable Si/Al ratio and an appropriate countercationic composition were prepared by impregnating inorganic substrates with an organic extract. The organic phase was previously characterized by GC-MS and IRTF, while XRD, SEM, TEM, N2-physisorption, and TPD of NH3 were used to analyze the selected inorganic supports. The effect of size- and shape-selectivity was manifested in MCM-41 and Y-zeolites. Texture results confirm that the extract containing relatively large branched organic molecules is deposited in the internal voids of MCM-41 material and on the outer area of Y-zeolites. In the case of Y-zeolites, the results demonstrate the effect of the SiO2/ molar ratio and countercations on the textural properties of the samples.