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  1. The separation of xylene isomers still remains an industrially challenging task. Here, porous purine-based metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have been synthesized and studied for their potential in xylene separations. In particular, Zn(purine)I showed excellent para -xylene/ ortho -xylene separation capability with a diffusion selectivity of 6 and high equilibrium adsorption selectivity as indicated by coadsorption experiments. This high selectivity is attributed to the shape and size of the channel aperture within the rigid framework of Zn(purine)I. 
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  2. We report the synthesis and structure of single-walled aluminosilicate nanotubes with microporous zeolitic walls. This quasi-one-dimensional zeolite is assembled by a bolaform structure-directing agent (SDA) containing a central biphenyl group connected by C 10 alkyl chains to quinuclidinium end groups. High-resolution electron microscopy and diffraction, along with other supporting methods, revealed a unique wall structure that is a hybrid of characteristic building layers from two zeolite structure types, beta and MFI. This hybrid structure arises from minimization of strain energy during the formation of a curved nanotube wall. Nanotube formation involves the early appearance of a mesostructure due to self-assembly of the SDA molecules. The biphenyl core groups of the SDA molecules show evidence of π stacking, whereas the peripheral quinuclidinium groups direct the microporous wall structure. 
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  3. Abstract

    The reactions of acetone and hydroxyacetone over heteroatom doped BEA zeolites (Sn, Mo, and W) in the presence and absence of H2O vapor are investigated using infrared spectroscopy. Acetone is converted to mesityl oxide over Sn‐BEA exclusively. At higher temperatures, larger oxygenates such as phorones, aromatics, and coke form. The presence of co‐adsorbed water in Sn‐BEA suppresses tautomerization. H2O vapor is also beneficial for minimizing coke formation at high temperatures. Hydroxyacetone is converted into 2‐hydroxypropanal over Sn‐BEA, exhibiting high affinity to Sn sites up to 400 °C. Sn‐BEA catalyzes conversion of hydroxyacetone into the enol in the absence of H2O, but exposure to H2O induces the formation of 2‐hydroxypropanal and subsequent conversion to acrolein. The Lewis acid descriptors are used to rationalize the reaction pathways. For the isomerization of hydroxyacetone into 2‐hydroxypropanal, the hardness of acid sites influences the reaction and correlates with the overall Lewis acidity of the catalysts, respectively. However, the size of the exchanged metal significantly affects aldol condensation, where keto and enol forms of acetone adsorb to active sites simultaneously.

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