What is Zeolite?Natural Zeolite vs Synthetic Zeolite

What is Zeolite?Natural Zeolite vs Synthetic Zeolite

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Natural vs Synthetic Zeolite, What is the major difference ?

Natural Zeolite vs Synthetic Zeolite, which is one of the lists of zeolites. Zeolites have major different tetrahedron structures, properties, facts. It was manufactured by an aluminosilicate framework between silica (SiO4) and alumina (AlO4). The zeolite by synthesized processing were made and used for over 30 years in industrial applications. More and more professional engineers made synthetic zeolite by their specialty craft. They possess many best ion-exchanged, catalytic, and molecular sieving properties, which make them economical mineral products.


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Types Of Bulk Zeolite

Currently, there are over 58 different structures of natural zeolites, each has a unique particle size, adsorption, filtered capabilities, ion-exchanged, and specific applications. types list: stilbites, clinoptilolite, mordenites,chabazites, phillipsites, analcimes, and laumontites. Zeolites form with many different kinds of structures, which have large highly porous in a regular arrangement and are roughly small molecules within the same particle size. Zeolite is trapped in the cages between sodium, potassium, magnesium, and hydrated molecules. [1]

As we understand, the sodium zeolite formulation is Na 2Al 2Si 3O 10·2H2O. In the early days, it was formed naturally, but technical scientists have been able to synthesize sodium zeolites. These cation ion-exchanged zeolites have different acidity and catalyze a variety of acid catalysts. Zeolite is transformed into other minerals under long-term weathering, hot temperature reactions, or abnormal conditions.Na-A is a well-known Synthetic Zeolite. (Anten chemical is a professional supplier of Synthetic Zeolite in the world.). Zeolites supplied are unlimited, because silica material and alumina material are the most abundant mineral components in the world. engineers use Zeolites as an ion-exchange builder in commercial and domestic softening water, water purification, and other catalytic applications. Zeolite Na-A softening water builder in household industry. They use catalysts and adsorbents for separate gas odor molecules by zeolites. The types of synthetic molecular sieve: 3a,4a,5a,10x,13x, ZSM-5, MOL, Na-Y, and so on.

Zeolite Structure

Zeolite powder from ZeoliteMin is 100% pure natural and organic material from Chinese volcanic rock, which is a three-dimensional crystal structure built from the elements aluminum, oxygen, and silicon, with alkali or alkaline-Earth metals. Our products were made powdered, granules, and pellets by zeolite sand , but don't make liquid zeolite for medical application. ZeoliteMin resources' zeolite clinoptilolite is suitable for the material for animal feed, agricultural, and aquaculture use. Generally, Clinoptilolites are one of the most usual natural zeolites.

How do Natural vs. Synthetic Zeolite work

Synthetic materials are made from energy-consuming chemicals, while natural materials are processed from the natural zeolite rocks of the Chinese volcano stone. The ratio of silica to alumina in synthetic zeolite is 1:1, and the ratio of natural zeolite clinoptilolite is 5:1. Natural zeolite powder will not decompose in a weakly acidic environment, while synthetic zeolites will do. The natural zeolite structure contains more acid-resistant silica, which binds its structure together. Natural zeolite powder is widely used for soil amendment and feed additives in agriculture.

The synthetic zeolite's powerful adsorbing and effective cation exchange capacity stability is better than natural zeolite clinoptilolite except ignore zeolite cost. Natural Zeolite and Synthetic Zeolite are saved nutrients input or pollutants reduction in two ways. The highly porous forms and the entry channels enter into them contain moisture molecules, which form three-dimensional pore spheres to do cations exchanged.

  •  100% Organic zeolite adsorbed by effective cation ion-exchange capacity (CEC)
  •  Best Fertilizer and animal feed nutrients were absorbed into the porous structure of organic zeolite sand

The working principle of zeolite absorption: The unique alumino-silicate framework of clinoptilolite, is applied to keep and adsorption of moisture and nutrients till the plant is ready to use them on time. This result is similar to a common sponge.

100% high pure content cation exchange capacity (CEC)
all natural zeolite clinoptilolite about 80 to 120 meq/100g
all pure synthetic zeolite about 180 to 250 meq/100g

It can be used as the most economical absorbent from nature. Zeolite clinoptilolite has excellent and efficient adsorption capacity, so it has become a valuable mineral fertilizer. This allows zeolite to maintain and effectively released more nutrients to fruit, vegetables, and plants for a long time to prevent them from being wasted (soil nutrient loss). Long-term use can make plants and crops more nutritious.

High-purity natural zeolite has the best ion-exchanged capacity and can be used as an excellent soil amendment for soil and crops, as well as an odor adsorbent for ammonium, toxins, and heavy metals in animal bodies. Because NH4+ is a form of nitrogen available to fruit, vegetables, trees, zeolite has a unique high affinity for NH4+. Zeolite absorbs more quantity of Ca2+ from natural phosphate stone, thereby slow-released ammonium ions and phosphate by step. zeolite clinoptilolite we said is insoluble in the river and can better hold additional ammonium and more nutrients in the crystal formers, and release nutrients slowly for a long time according to plant needs.

For Clinoptilolite, You can know more information from our articles. (What is Natural Clinoptilolite?)

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Natural vs. Synthetic zeolite's key advantage

Synthesized zeolite materials include liquid alkali, silicate, aluminum, etc., and these manufacturers can also produce zeolite structures that do not appear in nature. Synthetic zeolite is micronized zeolite,which was processed by stabilized synthetic raw material in a uniform and high-purity state.

Where is the mineral source of the Natural Zeolites ?

Based on Figure.1 analysis result, Bulk Zeolite Capacity is developed by many countries in the world. it includes China, Korea, New Zealand, USA, Turkey, etc. (Zeolite developed cost of Korea is highest. China is the largest manufacturer in the world.) The market demand was increased by more uses and new applications. This has caught the attention of many buyers.


It is a magnet that can hold cations, like heavy metal, ammonia, low-level radioactive elements, toxins, several odors, petrochemicals, many different types of gases, and a multitude of various solutions. It is a highly porous sponge with a large surface area that can absorb moisture up to 40% of its weight. The characteristic of the mineral lies at its cage structure and at its Aluminium and Silicon content which enables the mineral a high cation exchange capacity.
Zeolitemin provides organic zeolite powder in China and awarded more testimonials of zeolite powder, pellet, and granules over years. Zeolitemin has more professional experience of zeolite medical use, zeolite removes heavy metals, zeolite skin cream, zeolite detox, zeolite detergent, zeolite pool filter, zeolite filter media, zeolite infill, zeolite turf, etc. They follow different applications to introduce different mesh size zeolite powder, pellet, granules, sand, or small rocks. like zeolite granules can't match with swimming pool filters. Micronized zeolite isn't suitable for high speed and high-pressure filters, because it has good dispersibility in swimming pool water. Small size zeolite rocks don't disperse in pond water. Zeolite rock continues to be recycled by saltwater, and solve more wastewater by zeolite rock.

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References about Zeolite

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