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Clean Environment and Climate Change

New material captures twice as much CO2

PNNL's team has created a new series of materials based on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), that has tiny "cages"—trapping CO2 before it reaches the atmosphere. The cages themselves consist of metal ions linked together with organic ligands forming a porous network that trap gas molecules. The team combined "off the shelf" chemicals—zinc nitrate and organic building blocks that serve as the foundation for the new materials. The unique molecules have two to three times the capacity for carbon dioxide uptake as conventional solvents, and appears to have an extremely high preference for carbon dioxide over other gases. The team did comprehensive testing using the U.S. Department of Energy's Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), to determine size and shape of the crystal.



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