Temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) of water was applied to characterize short-time dealuminated HZSM-5 zeolites. Using
a regularization method, distribution functions of the effective desorption energy of water were calculated. The results clearly
show that during dealumination a new adsorption site is formed which can be attributed to non-framework or transient aluminium
species. The highest concentration of these sites was observed for a dealumination time of 25-30 min. NO adsorption studies
support this result. Furthermore, it could be concluded that the heterogeneity and the average acid strength of the remaining
Si-OH-Al groups of the dealuminated samples do not change compared to the Si-OH-Al groups of the parent HZSM-5 zeolite.