Zeolites are highly crystalline, hydrated aluminosilicates that are naturally available in abundance and are sourced quite effortlessly. Till date there are over 45 varieties of zeolites that have been identified. However, owing to demand upsurge across multifarious industries, zeolites are also produced synthetically to cater to diverse industrial applications. Zeolites are primarily crystalline structures composed of alkali and alkali earth cations and are highly indispensable for binding with heavy metals. Zeolites in both natural and artificial forms are used in isolating heavy metal particles from the soil. Zeolites are used to reduce absorption of heavy metals by plants. This is due to the rising pH levels in soil owing to zeolite addition.
As water scarcity is scaling new heights every day, life of millions remain crucially affected globally, paving way for numerous illnesses, water treatment excavations are growing multifold and are fast attaining rampant adoption to remove dissolved metals and micro-organism. Water treatment facilities are fast adopting Zeolite Molecular Sieves to accelerate water treatment endeavors at a global scale.
Found as miniature beads, zinc molecular sieves are extremely porous crystalline silicates. As contrast to other popular similar materials, zinc molecular sieves are best known for their absolute uniformity in porous size. Smaller the dimensions of pores, the better is porous capabilities of zinc molecular sieves. Therefore, water and air which have extremely small pore size are best absorbed with zinc molecular sieves. During water absorption by zeolite molecular sieves, bigger molecules such as various aromatics which remain dissolved in water get automatically eliminated.
Synthetic zeolites demonstrate far more advanced features as opposed to their natural counterparts. Despite wide availability of natural zeolites, they are deficient in advanced features and properties which are seamlessly compensated by synthetic zeolite molecular sieves. Most often zeolite molecular sieves are amalgamated with other critical elements such as sodium, aluminum, and silica to attain a gel like substance. Additionally, it is also available in powder formats to suit diverse industrial applications. These ongoing developments are perceived to bode well with optimistic growth prospects of zeolite molecular sieves market.
For advanced water treatment applications such as removal of organic micropollutants, high silica zeolites serve as potential substitutes for activated carbon. As most of the dissolved organic particles are larger than zeolite pores, they are efficiently used as adsorbent during water purification. High silica zeolites perform better than activated carbon in capturing dissolved particles, hence their growing adoption.