Zeolites are used as pharmaceutical and petrochemical catalysts, helping to break down heavy hydrocarbons into gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel and other petroleum byproducts. In a blog post, Pittsburgh-based Heyl & Patterson explains how the structure of zeolites makes them well suited for industrial processes. The porous crystalline structure allows them to trap other molecules inside where their bonds can be broken down.

Both natural and synthetic zeolites find use in product such as cat litter and detergents. Learn about thermal processing technologies used to process zeolites in the blog post.