A clear and deep understanding of zeolite crystallization with the addition of organosilane is desirable for the reasonable design and preparation of hierarchical zeolites. Herein, the effects of different organosilanes on zeolite crystallization were systematically studied. It was found that organosilane plays the role of an inhibitor in the silanization-based zeolite preparation, and this inhibition effect was determined by its participation degree. An organosilane with a high participation degree can result in the prolongation of nucleation and growth periods of zeolite as well as the variation of product properties. More importantly, a dynamic participation pathway of organosilane is proposed, that is, the growth of zeolite is accompanied by the continuous removal of organosilane, leading to an increase of product crystallinity as well as the decrease of mesoporosity. This study gives a new insight into the role that organosilane plays in zeolite crystallization, which will help to direct the rational selection of organosilane and design of crystallization condition for the optimal synthesis of hierarchical zeolites.
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