Zeolites have a tremendous value due to their numerous properties from which the most important is the absorption capacity of micro particles. This means the power to cleanse the environment in which they are used.
Of natural zeolites, clinoptilolite type zeolite, extracted and processed also by Zeolites Production, is distinguished by its purity and enhanced properties compared to other types of zeolites.
Zeolite ore keeps its qualities in different forms of processing, from raw rock to very fine particles, thus finding their extremely wide use in many industries, from animal feed or even in specially designed products for human use to petrochemical or nuclear industry.
The main properties of zeolites are:
The capacity of water absorbing and removal without destroying the molecular structure but only with a change of color. This property is used for example in balancing the level of humidity in a room and eliminate adverse effects of excess moisture or sharp decline of air humidity.
High capacity of gas filtration and absorption of zeolites offers many applications in environmental protection.
Filtering different solid, liquid or gaseous toxic substances hence the name by which is known the zeolite mineral: molecular sieve.
Zeolite can absorb:
▪ heavy metals
▪ water micro particles
▪ toxic ammonia
▪ sulfide hydrogen
▪ other substances toxic to the body
Increased thermostability which gives a great potential to use in various building materials.
Ion exchange capacity without changing the molecular structure. More exactly, the exchange between zeolite cations and cations of substances with which it comes in contact, property applied especially for water softening. The zeolite has the capacity to stabilize the water pH between 6.2 and 6.8.
Resistance to aggressive external environment which recommends products based on natural zeolites to be used in corrosive environments.
Catalyst in various chemical reactions, property used in many organic reactions such as isomerization, oxidation or synthesis of fuels.
Properties of zeolites are due to their molecular structure that can be described as a tetrahedron with a silicon atom in the center and oxygen atoms at the corners which are otherwise the points of connection between the structures giving rise to a broad array of shapes similar to a honeycomb.
This structure forms a network of channels and cavities that allow the penetration of molecules and filtering them according to size, shape and polarity leading to absorption and filtration of various substances that come into contact with zeolites.
Natural zeolites were formed by volcanic ash deposits in lakes with salt water. Is the case of volcanic tuff exploited by Zeolites Production where clinoptilolite zeolite, according to studies, has an average purity of over 85%.
Study of zeolites is far from over. Many institutions, organizations and companies in the world conducts researches, tests and studies to discover new properties and uses of this miraculous natural mineral formed from volcanic rock over millions and millions of years ago.