Getting smart about capturing CO2

Could “smart materials” capture CO2? Researchers are investigating whether metal-organic frameworks (or MOFs) can be used to capture and concentrate CO2 with minimum energy requirements.

The researchers say that “these materials are capable of absorbing large amounts of CO2 into nanometre-sized holes within their structures, leading potentially to the efficient separation of this gas from power station flue gases”.

The team will also look at how MOFs can be used to convert CO2 into useful substances, including feedstocks for agriculture, hydrocarbon fuels and precursors to complex metal oxides for use in solar cells.

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