Heat capacity and thermodynamic functions of partially dehydrated sodium and zinc zeolite A (LTA)

Matthew S. Dickson, Peter F. Rosen, Grace Neilsen, Jason J. Calvin, Alexandra Navrotsky, Brian F. Woodfield

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Zeolite A (LTA) is an industrially important zeolite that exhibits sorption-induced framework flexibility, the thermodynamics of which are poorly understood. In this work, we report heat capacity measurements on zinc and sodium zeolite A from 1.8 to 300 K and compare the heat capacity of water in sodium zeolite A with that of water in other zeolites. The heat capacity of zeolitic water varies significantly depending on the hydration level and identity of the host zeolite, and more tightly bound water exhibits strong inflections in its heat capacity curve. This suggests a combination of efects, including diferences in water-framework binding strength and hydration-dependent flexibility transitions. We also report fits of the heat capacity data using theoretical functions, and we report values for (Forumla Presented) from 0 to 300 K. These results contribute to a systematic thermodynamic understanding of the efects of cation exchange, guest molecule confinement, and sorbate-dependent flexibility transitions in zeolites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1341-1348
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Mineralogist
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 26 2021


  • framework flexibility
  • gate opening
  • heat capacity
  • Zeolite
  • zeolitic water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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