This Catalyst article explains how zeolites, sponge-like materials developed from naturally occurring minerals, are used as chemical sieves and as catalysts. Zeolites have incredibly widespread applications. They are used in consumer products such as washing powder and cat litter while many of the petrochemicals used to make plastics and fibres will have been made using a zeolite.
This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2010, Volume 20, Issue 2.
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