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The International Zeolite Association (IZA) was organized in 1973 at the 3rd International Molecular Sieve Conference to promote and encourage the development of all aspects of zeolite science and technology.


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22-Nov-18Nominations for the 2019 Donald W. Breck Award invited
The Breck Award nomination committee invites nominations for the 2019 Donald W. Breck Award. This award is for the most significant contribution to Molecular Sieve Science and Technology made between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2018 and the winner will be announced on July 11, 2019 at the 19th IZC in Perth, Australia.

The award may be given to an individual or to a group.

The nomination should be accompanied by a list of references and a 2 page summary outlining in detail the novel findings and their scientific merit. It must be endorsed by five established zeolite scientists.

Nominations should be sent by March 1, 2019 to the Chair of the Breck Award Committee:
Dr. Stacey Zones
Chevron Energy Technology Company
E-mail: SIZO@chevron.com

1-Nov-18News from the MOF commission
We are soliciting nominations for at least four new positions on the International Zeolite Association Commission on Metal-Organic Frameworks (http://www.iza-online.org/MOF/).  A vote will be held amongst delegates at the MOF2018 conference, and the successful candidates announced at this meeting.  If you are interested in this role, or know a colleague who may be interested, please email the Commission chair Russell Morris (rem1@st-andrews.ac.uk). Russell may also be contacted for further information about the process or the role.

6-Oct-18Proposals for the organization of the 21st International Zeolite Conference
The IZA Executive Council is soliciting proposals for organizing the 21st IZC to be held in 2025. A proposal should contain sufficient detail, including the specific proposed conference location, to permit a reasonable evaluation of its merits, and must contain the name of a person who agrees to become the Conference Organizer, if the IZA council would select the proposal. The time schedule for this process is shown schematically below.

Selection of the venue for the 21st IZC:




19th IZC
July 7-12

 2 months

 2 months

2 months


Letter of Interest

Applicants fill in questionnaire

Council preselects best bids

Applicants prepare presentaion

A: Those who plan to submit a bid for the 21st IZC should send a letter of intent to the IZA President (valentin.valtchev@ensicaen.fr) or the IZA Secretary (lolly@iqm.unicamp.br) at least six months before the 19th IZC. It should contain the name of the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, the Members of the Organizing Committee and the envisaged venue and date for the 21st  IZC. The  Organizing Committee is expected to include well-established academics in the field of zeolite-type materials. Upon receipt of the letter of intent, the Secretary shall send the detailed questionnaire "Proposal for the Organization of the 21st IZC to be held in 2025” to the applicant.

B: This questionnaire, properly filled in and signed, must be received by the President and Secretary at least four months before the 19th IZC. All bids received by this date are distributed to the IZA Council members.

C: The Council will finalize the pre-selection two months before the 19th IZC. The IZA President will notify all those who submitted bid(s) of the outcome of the pre-selection and the date for the presentation to the IZA Council. This gives the successful applicants two months to prepare their presentations for the Business Meeting at the 19th IZC. At the IZA Council meeting, after the presentations of the pre-selected proposals, the IZA Council will vote for the selection of the final winner. The winner will be announced at the closing Business Meeting at the 19th IZC.

13-Apr-18Garcia Martinez receives the Kathyrin Hach Award
The 2018 entrepreneurship ward of the American Chemical Society was attributed to Prof. Javier Garcia-Martinez (Rive Technology) for the commercialization of mesoporous zeolites.

Congratulations from the IZA to our esteemed colleague!

ACS entrepreneurship ward

9-Apr-18Jiři Čejka receives the Werner von Siemens Award 
Prof. Jiři Čejka and his group received the prestigious Werner von Siemens Award (Czech Republic) for their work on the ADOR chemistry.

Congratulations from the IZA to Jiři Čejka and his group!

Photo of Jiri Ceika group

23-Dec-17News from the MOF Commission

The MOF commission of the IZA would like to solicit bids to host the 7th International MOF meeting, which is scheduled to take place in 2020. The deadline for bids will be October 1st, 2018 and the decision will be made during the 6th International MOF meeting to be held in December 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. Further information on what is required for a bid can be found by clicking here. The required documentation should be e-mailed to Russell Morris (rem1@st-andrews.ac.uk) by the above date.

17-Nov-17News from the Natural Zeolites Commission

A comprehensive report on the sedimentary zeolites of Cuba is posted on the Natural Zeolite Commission website.

25-Aug-17Gérard Férey (1941 - 2017)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Professor Gérard Férey, one of the pioneers of metal-organic framework chemistry.

Gérard was born in Normandy in 1941 and began his scientific career at the University of Le Mans in the 1960s. Initially, he was a solid-state fluorine chemist but his interest in microporous materials began with his work on fluorophosphate open framework solids and his synthesis if the ULM-n series of compounds, and his pioneering Secondary Building Unit (SBU) approach of crystalline porous solids. In 1996 he moved to the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and founded the Institute Lavoisier de Versailles. It was here that he began his work on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and his laboratory produced some of the most iconic MOFs including the flexible MIL-53 and MIL-88, and highly porous frameworks such as MIL-100 and MIL-101. Throughout the latter part of his career he was a strong supporter of the zeolite and MOF communities, and in particular his efforts to ensure that MOFs became recognised by the IZA. 

Gérard received many awards during his long career; he was awarded France’s highest scientific honour, the gold medal of the CNRS in 2010, and was inducted into the Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur – France’s highest civil award. Gérard Férey’s legacy and his commitment to the community will be felt by all followers of microporous materials for many years to come.

15-Aug-17 News from the Structure Commission
    Several features have been added to the Database of Zeolite Structures recently.
      The origin of the type material name and the derivation of the associated three letter code has been added to the Type Material page.
      The number of topologically distinct T-atoms in the idealized framework structure has been added as a search option on the Advanced Search/Channel System page.
      The dropdown menus now work on mobile devices as well.
    Older framework drawings are being replaced by newer ones as time permits (42 done so far).
18-Jul-17 The Structure Commission has approved three new Framework Type Codes
    -IFT   Type material: ITQ-53
SWY   Type material: STA-20
EWS   Type material: EMM-26
23-Jun-17 18th IZC meeting report has been posted on the History site of the IZA
    Prof. Carmine Collela has posted the report of the 18th IZC meeting (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) on the IZA History website (see the Navigation bar to the left).
21-May-17 News from the Synthesis Commission
    The IZA Synthesis Commission has prepared the 3rd Edition of the book “Verified Syntheses of Zeolitic Materials” (ISBN-10: 0-692-68539-1) in order to enlarge the existing collection and to include new materials of interest to the zeolite research community. The introductory articles revealed the most important developments from the last decade associated with synthesis, characterization and application of zeolites.
21-Mar-17 News from the Structure Commission
    The Structure Commission has launched a fully revised version of the Database of Zeolite Structures.
We thank Christian Baerlocher and all the colleagues involved in the permanent evolution of the database.
6-Dec-16 Avelino Corma receives the 2016 Spiers Memorial Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry
    Prof. Corma was recognized for the introduction of new concepts for the synthesis of microporous and mesoporous inorganic materials and their application in heterogeneous catalysis, which have resulted in an extensive range of industrial applications.

Avelino - RSC award 2016

Congratulations from the IZA to our esteemed colleague!
31-Oct-16 The Structure Commission has approved a new Framework Type Code
    ETL   Type material: H-EU-12
27-Oct-16 News from the Structure Commission
    The Database of Zeolite Structures has been updated and modernized. The database has been migrated from FileMaker to MySQL and the query language changed from xsl to php.
The four university servers have been replaced with three commercial virtual servers (vServers) that are located in Europe, Asia and North America to give a better geographical distribution of service. These three servers will be maintained by
Christian Baerlocher and Lynne McCusker (Zurich), Wei Wan and Xiaodong Zou (Stockholm) and Christine Kirschhock and her team (Leuven), respectively. The changes ensure the future of the Database of Zeolite Structures for the next 20 years.

This year we are celebrating our 20th year of zeolite structures on the web. For more information on the history, click here.

On behalf of the whole zeolite community, we thank all the colleagues involved in the constant evolution of this indispensable tool!
15-Sep-16 New reports from the Natural Zeolite Commission
    Two new reports concerning the sedimentary zeolite deposits in Armenia and in Iran have been put online in the Natural Zeolite Commission website.
5-Aug-16 Russell Morris becomes a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in London
    Prof. R. Morris (University of St Andrews) has been elected as a FRS because of his important work in porous solids, and in particular for his revolutionary developments in synthesis, such as the ionothermal and ADOR methods, which have had significant impact across a wide range of chemistry outside his own field. Morris was also elected for his work in developing new applications of zeolites and metal-organic frameworks, particularly for the controlled delivery of therapeutic gases for medicine.
Russel Morris
  News from the IZC-18 in Rio de Janeiro
30-Jun-16 IZA Awards
    The recipients of the 2016 Breck Award are:
      Svetlana Mintova and Valentin Valtchev
of the CNRS, Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, Caen, France

for the understanding of the nucleation in organic-free hydrogel systems leading to rational design of industrially relevant nanosized zeolites.
Prix Breck 2016

    The new IZA Ambassador, the recipient of the 2016 IZA Award is:
      Avelino Corma
of the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ), Valencia, Spain

for outstanding achievements in the synthesis of zeolites and their application as catalysts in petrochemical processes and fine chemicals synthesis.
Ambassador 2016

    IZA Honorary Memberships were given to:
      Carmine Colella
of the University of Naples, Naples, Italy  
for contribution given to the IZA through the constitution of the Natural Zeolite Commission, the preservation of the related culture, the update of IZA history and the keeping of IZA archive

Michael Stöcker
of the SINTEF, Oslo, Norway
for co-founding the Journal "Microporous and Mesoporous Materials" and for having supported the culture of zeolite science as Editor-in-Chief of this Journal for many years.

29-Jun-16 IZA Council
    Seven new Council members were elected:
      Martin Hartmann (Germany)
Masaiko Matsukata (Japan)
Roberto Millini (Italy)
Heloise Pastore (Brazil)
Fernando Rey (Spain)
Matthias Thommes (USA)
Xiaodong Zou (Sweden)
    The new Executive Committee of the IZA Council is:
      Valentin Valtchev, President
Suk Bong Hong, Vice-President
Heloise Pastore, Secretary
Raul Lobo, Treasurer
28-Jun-16 International Zeolite Conference (IZC)
    At the IZA Business Meeting, the IZA membership selected the venue for the 20th IZC in 2022:
      Valencia, Spain
    The next IZC will be held in 2019 in Perth, Australia
16-May-16 Proposals for the organization of the 6th International MOF Meeting
    The MOF commission of the IZA would like to solicit bids to host the 6th International MOF meeting, which is scheduled to take place in 2018. The deadline for bids will be August 1st, 2016 and the decision will be made during the 5th International MOF meeting to be held in September 2016 in Long Beach California, USA. For further information on what is required for a bid please contact Russell Morris (rem1@st-andrews.ac.uk).
11-Apr-16 Newly Elected Academicians
    The following zeolite scientists were elected as Academicians in 2015:
      Prof. M. Tsapatsis – USA National Academy of Engineering
Prof. J. Yu – Chinese Academy of Sciences
Prof. Z. Liu – Chinese Academy of Engineering
    Congratulations from the IZA to our esteemed colleagues!
17-Mar-16 Jule Rabo (1924-2016)

It is with great sadness that we must report that Jule Rabo, one of the pioneers of zeolite science, passed away on March 1, 2016.

Dr. Rabo, one of UOP's leading scientists, has a long list of accomplishments, but he is best known for his discovery of the acidic forms of zeolite Y and and for applying them to petroleum catalysis. The catalysts he discovered have formed the basis for the production of motor fuels for almost 60 years. He was a Senior Research Fellow at Union Carbide, later UOP, and continued to consult for the company for many years after his retirement in 1990.

He earned wide recognition for his discoveries, and received numerous awards, including, in 1993, the Chemical Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists for pioneering discoveries in zeolite catalysis. He was a generous teacher who shared his knowledge enthusiastically with colleagues and students during his career. He lectured widely on catalysis and surface chemistry at national and international conferences, at universities, catalysis societies and industrial research centers all over the world. He earned more than 60 U.S. patents and authored several dozen articles, studies and books. The zeolite community will continue to enjoy this legacy for many years to come.




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last updated: 15-August-17