Since the 1980s, Zeolite has been identified for use in many different applications and has become a very valuable commodity. It has been dubbed the “Mineral of the 21st Century,” and new applications are continually being discovered. A new form called Micronized Zeolite has promising applications.
Micronized Zeolite is a zeolite run through a special manufacturing process to bring the mean particle size down to a specified range. This range can be 50 microns, 40 microns, 10 microns, 5 microns, even a fraction of 1 micron. The advantage of this process is the significant increase in surface area which leads to a stronger and quicker reacting product that can mix into other materials or liquids without standing out.
Micronized Zeolite can be used as a filler in numerous products, either partially replacing much more expensive products such as titanium dioxide or phosphate, or enhancing their product performance through the increased surface area and increased potential reaction.
This new micronized product could also be used as an acceptable substitute for synthetic Zeolite in many applications and may prove to be a better and less expensive natural alternative. Current uses for micronized zeolite fall within agriculture, catalysts, sorbents, human body detoxification, raw material extender, detergent builders, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, fillers, anti-caking. We believe that large industry will drive the demand for this material as new and emerging technologies discover zeolite as a way to reduce their costs while solving problems within manufacturing.