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Web Date: May 19, 2016

Plugged particles pack in natural gas

Simple technique to boost adsorbent storage capacity could mean compact, low-cost natural gas storage for vehicles
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: energy storage, natural gas, methane, adsorbent, zeolite, MOF, metal-organic framework

Researchers have devised a novel method to boost the natural-gas storage capacity of porous adsorbent materials, which can then be kept and transported at low pressure (Nano Lett. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b00919). The trick is to seal high-pressure gas inside porous beads using hydrocarbon plugs that can be slowly removed to release the gas, effectively turning the beads into tiny gas tanks. The advance could lead to a compact, lightweight, . . .

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