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Web Date: April 4, 2012

A Step Up for Separating Hydrocarbons

Process Chemistry: Porous metal organics framework compound selectively binds ethylene and other lightweight feedstocks
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: MOF, separations, olefin, paraffin

A solid sorbent that selectively binds hydrocarbons may help the petrochemical industry reduce costs and energy consumption by increasing the efficiency of—or eliminating—energy-intensive separations processes, according to a study published in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1217544).

The investigation was conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md., and coworkers. It demonstrates that metal organic . . .

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