Monday, February 18, 2013

Australian Scientists Report New CO2 Capture Tool

In a study published recently in Angewandte Chemie, Australian scientists from Monash University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation report the discovery of a photosensitive metal organic framework (MOF) – a class of materials known for its exceptional capacity to store gases. The atuthors say this has created a powerful and cost-effective new tool to capture and store, or potentially recycle, carbon dioxide. By using sunlight to release the stored carbon, the new material reportedly overcomes the problems of expense and inefficiency associated with current, energy-intensive methods of carbon capture. Current technologies use liquid capture materials that are then heated in a prolonged process to release the carbon dioxide for storage. Read more

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