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Experiment 3: Zeolite Crystal Growth in Microgravity- The USML-2 MissionThe extensive use of zeolites and their impact on the world's economy leads to many efforts to characterize their structure, and to improve the knowledge base for nucleation and growth of these crystals. The Zeolite Crystal Growth (ZCG) experiment on USML-2 aims to enhance the understanding of nucleation and growth of zeolite crystals while attempting to provide a means of controlling the defect concentration in microgravity. Zeolites A, X, Beta, and Silicalite were grown during the 16-day USML-2 mission. The solutions where the nucleation event was controlled yielded larger and more uniform crystals of better morphology and purity than their terrestrial/control counterparts. Space-grown Beta crystals were free of line defects while terrestrial/controls had substantial defects.
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Bac, Nurcan
(Worcester Polytechnic Inst. MA United States)
Warzywoda, Juliusz
(Worcester Polytechnic Inst. MA United States)
Sacco, Albert, Jr.
(Worcester Polytechnic Inst. MA United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1998
Publication Information
Publication: Second United States Microgravity Laboratory: One Year Report
Volume: 1
Subject Category
Solid-State Physics
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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