A highly crystalline layered silicate with three-dimensionally microporous layers. Academic Article uri icon


  • Layered silicates with three-dimensional microporosity within the layers have the potential to enable new applications in catalysis, adsorption and ion-exchange. Until now no such materials have been reported. However, here we present the synthesis and structure of AMH-3, a silicate with three-dimensionally microporous layers, obtained in high purity and crystallinity. AMH-3 is composed of silicate layers containing eight-membered rings in all three principal crystal directions, and spaced by strontium cations, sodium cations and water molecules. Because of its three-dimensional pore structure, acid and thermal stability, this layered material could find applications in polymer-silicate composites for membrane applications, for synthesis of combined microporous-mesoporous materials, and for the formation of new zeolites and microporous films. Its existence also opens new possibilities for the synthesis of other layered silicates with multidimensional microporous framework layers.

published proceedings

  • Nat Mater

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Jeong, H., Nair, S., Vogt, T., Dickinson, L. C., & Tsapatsis, M.

citation count

  • 108

complete list of authors

  • Jeong, Hae-Kwon||Nair, Sankar||Vogt, Thomas||Dickinson, L Charles||Tsapatsis, Michael

publication date

  • January 2003