Zeolites are industrially important materials possessing high Bronsted acidity and shape-selectivity. However, their inherently small pores restrict application for catalytic conversion of bulky molecules. A method of synthesis of `artificial` zeolites. The artificial zeolites have well-tailored Bronsted and Lewis acid sites prepared on mesostructured silica to circumvent this limitation. This novel approach utilizes atomic layer deposition to tailor both porosity and acid speciation, providing exquisite control over catalytic behavior and enabling systematic studies.
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 The United States Government has rights in the invention described herein pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357 between the United States Department of Energy and UChicago Argonne, LLC, as operator of Argonne National Laboratory.