Layered zeolites, with a flexible and changeable interlayer connection, can be modified to give a great number of derivative structures with enlarged pore sizes or enhanced external surface areas, via swelling, delamination, pillaring, or silylation. In recent years, great efforts have been devoted to the synthesis of novel-layered zeolite precursors, by using the specially designed bifunctional amphiphilic surfactants as the structure-directing agents or through the selective degradation of double four ring-containing germanosilicates. In addition, the novel modifications, such as mild delamination, interlayer expansion assisted by deconstruction-reconstruction, and layer-stacking reorganization by dissolution-recrystallization, have also been developed to create more derivatives while achieving better preservation of layer structures. Recent progresses in the field of layered zeolites are summarized in this chapter, and the challenges for future development are also proposed.
Part of the book: Zeolites