Working backwards for zeolites

US chemists have developed a computational method that chemists can use to tailor the properties of zeolites. Michael Deem of Rice University and colleagues have developed a computational procedure of the course of three years that allows them to identify small organic molecules that might be used as templates for the synthesis of novel zeolite-type porous compounds. Several million tonnes of usually natural zeolites are used annually by the petrochemical and other industries. Generating designer synthetic zeolites for highly specific applications, catalysis, sensors and separations. Importantly, their approach should allow chemists to take full chiral control of the new materials.