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Unexpected Selective Gas Adsorption on a ‘Non-Porous’ Metal Organic Framework

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Strathclyde, James Weir Building, Glasgow G1 1XJ, UK
Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Thomas Graham Building, Glasgow G1 1XL, UK
School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, Joseph Black Building, Edinburgh EH9 3FJ, UK
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
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Crystals 2020, 10(6), 548;
Received: 9 June 2020 / Revised: 22 June 2020 / Accepted: 23 June 2020 / Published: 26 June 2020
A metal organic framework Cu(tpt)BF4·¾H2O was synthesized as a potential carbon capture material, with the aim being to exploit the Lewis base interaction of the incorporated ligand functionalities with acidic gas. The material displays high thermal stability but an exceptionally low surface area; however, this contrasts starkly with its ability to capture carbon dioxide, demonstrating significant activated diffusion within the framework. The full characterization of the material shows a robust structure, where the CO2 sorption is 120% greater than current industrial methods using liquid amine solutions; the thermal energy required for sorbent regeneration is reduced by 65%, indicating the true industrial potential of the synthesized material. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbon dioxide; activated diffusion; adsorption; carbon capture; interpenetration carbon dioxide; activated diffusion; adsorption; carbon capture; interpenetration
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Beveridge, S.; McAnally, C.A.; Nichol, G.S.; Kennedy, A.R.; Cussen, E.J.; Fletcher, A.J. Unexpected Selective Gas Adsorption on a ‘Non-Porous’ Metal Organic Framework. Crystals 2020, 10, 548.

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