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Web Date: December 11, 2017

Metal-organic framework compound sets methane storage record

Sol-gel synthesis boosts the capacity of a common porous material
By Mark Peplow, special to C&EN
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: materials, metal-organic frameworks, MOF, HKUST-1, methane, gas, adsorption

A porous material that sucks up record-breaking amounts of methane could pave the way to more economical natural-gas-powered vehicles (Nat. Mater. 2017, DOI: 10.1038/nmat5050).

Cars powered by methane emit less CO2 than gasoline guzzlers, but they need expensive tanks and compressors to carry the gas at about 250 atm. Certain metal-organic framework (MOF) compounds—made from a lattice of metal-based nodes linked by organic struts—can store . . .

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