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High-performance zeolite powders
for numerous applications

A zeolite is a crystalline material made of silicon, oxygen, and aluminum. Their unique pore structures make zeolites the perfect basis for catalytically active metals. They also selectively adsorb desired or undesired molecules.

Clariant, one of the world’s largest producers of specialty zeolite powders, offers synthetic zeolites for a vast variety of applications: from refining to chemical production, and from off-gas purification to odor removal.

To fully support your needs, Clariant’s research and production specialists work together in a highly structured process to turn an idea into an effective industrial application. Many international companies have chosen Clariant as their partner to co-develop or scale up zeolite-based catalysts and adsorbents, which improve their operations.

Clariant Photo Zeolite Lab Testing Bitterfeld Germany 2022
Clariant Photo Zeolite Powder Bitterfeld 2022
Clariant Photo Zeolite Production Bitterfeld 2022

Standard zeolites: A highly versatile family of crystalline materials

Thanks to their microporous structure and versatile characteristics, Clariant’s standard zeolites are used as adsorbents, additives, and catalysts for numerous purposes in industrial production.

Reducing harmful emissions, providing sustainable fuels

Zeolites help to protect our environment:

  • They support the transition from fossil-based to sustainably produced fuels, petrochemicals, and chemicals.
  • Metal-exchanged zeolites convert NOX and N2O emissions from mobile and stationary engines into harmless substances.
  • Highly hydrophobic zeolite materials effectively reduce VOC emissions.

Standard zeolites, tailored to suit your needs

Clariant’s technical team can tailor the chemical and physical properties of standard zeolite structures to ensure they suit your needs. This way, Clariant can support your industrial and R&D projects with standard zeolite products.

  • Beta Zeolites (BEA)

    Beta structured zeolites are widely used for automotive emission control, industrial off-gas purification, and reduction of VOC, NOx and N2O. As process catalysts, they are ideal for fuel upgrading, production of petrochemical intermediates, and processing chemicals. The zeolites are also suitable for adsorption purposes, such as odor removal and active carbon replacement. Clariant's standard zeolite powders with the Beta structure type are CZB 25 (BEA 25), CZB 30 (BEA 30), and CZB 150 (BEA 150).

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  • Pentail Zeolites (MFI)

    Our Pentail (MFI) zeolites are widely used for automotive emission control, industrial off-gas purification, and VOC, NOx and N2O reduction. As process catalysts, they are best suited for fuel upgrading, production of petrochemical intermediates and processing of chemicals. Pentail zeolites are also ideal for adsorption in odor removal. Clariant's standard powders with Pentail (MFI) structures are: CZP 27, CZP 30, CZP 90, CZP 200 and CZP 800.

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  • Mordenite Zeolites (MOR)

    Mordenite (MOR) zeolites are widely used in emission control for industrial off-gas purification and VOC reduction. As process catalysts, these zeolites suit a variety of applications, such as fuel upgrading, production of petrochemical intermediates, processing of chemicals, and isomerization of alkanes and aromatics. Clariant's standard powders with Mordenite (MOR) structures are: NaCZM 16, CZM 20 and CZM 40.

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  • Chabazite Zeolites (CHA)

    Our Chabazite (CHA) structured zeotypes are primarily used for automotive emission control, as well as in chemical processes such as conversion of methanol to olefins. The zeolites are also suitable for adsorption purposes, including hydrocarbon adsorption heat management, and active carbon replacement. Clariant’s innovative zeolite powder with the Chabazite structure type is CZC (TiAPSO-34).

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  • SAPO-11 Zeolite (AEL)

    Zeotypes are aluminosilicate and phosphorous-containing crystals. Their unique structures consist of well-defined channels and pores. These channels make them an excellent choice for a variety of applications in catalysis and adsorption.Clariant is one of the world’s largest producers of specialty zeolite and zeotype powders for chemical and environmental applications. We have development and manufacturing capabilities for virtually any type of zeolite, including modifications to standard zeolites or new developments.In process catalysts, SAPO-11 (AEL) zeolites are widely used in:Fuels upgradingIsomerization processesFor adsorption purposes, they are used in:Active carbon replacement Clariant's standard powder is CZA.

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Special-grade zeolites: Meeting your specific requirements

Clariant offers a wide technical portfolio to develop and commercially manufacture virtually any zeolite that meets your specific requirements. Special-grade zeolites have been developed to a scalable R&D recipe or can be produced on customer request. Please contact your Clariant sales representatives for further details.

  • Erionite Zeolites (ERI)

    Clariant’s innovative zeolite powder with the Erionite (ERI) structure type is CZE 7.

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  • L Structure Zeolite (LTL)

    Our L (LTL) zeolite structures are typically used as process catalysts in applications such as fuel upgrading, and for the production of petrochemical intermediates. L zeolites are also suitable for adsorption purposes in active carbon replacement. Clariant’s standard zeolite powder with the L structure type is CZL 6.

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  • Faujasite Zeolites (FAU)

    Faujasite (FAU, LiLSX) zeolites are commonly used for emission control in industrial off-gas purification. As process catalysts, they are suitable for fuel upgrading and air liquefaction. The Faujasite structure is also ideal for adsorption in odor removal, active carbon replacement and hydrocarbon adsorption heat management. Clariant’s standard zeolite powder with the Faujasite (FAU, LiLSX) structure type is LiCZF 2.

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  • ZSM-23 Zeolites (MTT)

    Zeolites are aluminosilicate crystals. Their unique structures consist of well-defined channels and pores. These channels make zeolites an excellent choice for a variety of applications in catalysis and adsorption depending upon needs.Clariant is one of the world’s largest producers of specialty zeolite powders for chemical and environmental applications. We have development and manufacturing capabilities for virtually any type of zeolite, including modifications to standard zeolites or new developments. For additional information on this zeolite please contact our product specialists.

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  • ZSM-12 Zeolites (MTW)

    Zeolites are aluminosilicate crystals. Their unique structures consist of well-defined channels and pores. These channels make zeolites an excellent choice for a variety of applications in catalysis and adsorption depending upon needs.Clariant is one of the world’s largest producers of specialty zeolite powders for chemical and environmental applications. We have development and manufacturing capabilities for virtually any type of zeolite, including modifications to standard zeolites or new developments.

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Customizing, scaling up, and developing new zeolites for you

The roots of Clariant’s zeolite business are in Germany and South Africa: In the 1980s, the Germany-based R&D team developed a custom catalyst which became Clariant’s first commercial zeolite product. It was then scaled up and produced at one of our production sites in South Africa.
Since then, Clariant technical teams at three R&D sites and multiple production locations have developed a toolset that allows for fundamental supportive work with our customers to bring an idea from R&D to commercial production.

Clariant Photo Zeolite Production Plant Bitterfeld Germany 2022

© Clariant’s zeolite plant in Bitterfeld, Germany

Clariant Photo Zeolite Production Plant Richards Bay South Africa 2022

© Clariant’s zeolite plant in Richards Bay, South Africa

Clariant’s offers:

  • Free-of-charge “try-out” samples from commercial production
  • Modifying our standard zeolite powders
  • Scaling up your laboratory-scale zeolite recipe to commercial production
  • Developing and producing zeolites that meet your needs for entirely new applications
  • Applying Clariant’s forming technologies to select zeolite powders to suit commercial production processes

During a custom project, Clariant follows a rigorous protocol to maintain confidentiality and to protect our customers’ intellectual property. Internal firewalls make sure all project information remains confidential.

Clariant's global zeolite specialists provide comprehensive technical support in selecting, modifying, developing, and incorporating the optimal zeolite into a diverse range of applications.

Rigorous quality control

Clariant’s zeolites are manufactured in state-of-the-art plants in Bitterfeld (Germany) and Richards Bay (South Africa). Both plants are dedicated exclusively to zeolites.

The zeolite production process is certified according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001.

Rigorous quality control is a part of every production step: Advanced analytical equipment as well as modern laboratory and pilot-plant testing facilities are used for quality control. The dedicated testing equipment comprises continuous-flow fixed-bed reactors for once-through or recycle operation at isothermal or adiabatic conditions. This allows us to simulate almost every catalytic reaction.