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MOF-Based Adsorbents for Atmospheric Emission Control: A Review

ACLabs—Laboratori di Chimica Applicata, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica, dei Materiali e della Produzione Industriale, Università di Napoli Federico II, P.le V. Tecchio 80, 80125 Napoli, Italy
Centro Regionale di Competenza (CRdC) Tecnologie Scarl, Via Nuova Agnano 11, 80125 Napoli, Italy
CeSMA—Centro di Servizi Metrologici e Tecnologici Avanzati, Università di Napoli Federico II, Corso N. Protopisani, 80146 Napoli, Italy
INSTM—Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali, Via G. Giusti, 9, 50121 Firenze, Italy
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Processes 2020, 8(5), 613;
Received: 16 April 2020 / Revised: 15 May 2020 / Accepted: 18 May 2020 / Published: 21 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances of Metal Organic Frameworks Materials)
This review focuses on the use of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) for adsorbing gas species that are known to weaken the thermal self-regulation capacities of Earth’s atmosphere. A large section is dedicated to the adsorption of carbon dioxide, while another section is dedicated to the adsorption of other different gas typologies, whose emissions, for various reasons, represent a “wound” for Earth’s atmosphere. High emphasis is given to MOFs that have moved enough ahead in their development process to be currently considered as potentially usable in “real-world” (i.e., out-of-lab) adsorption processes. As a result, there is strong evidence of a wide gap between laboratory results and the industrial implementation of MOF-based adsorbents. Indeed, when a MOF that performs well in a specific process is commercially available in large quantities, economic observations still make designers tend toward more traditional adsorbents. Moreover, there are cases in which a specific MOF remarkably outperforms the currently employed adsorbents, but it is not industrially produced, thus strongly limiting its possibilities in large-scale use. To overcome such limitations, it is hoped that the chemical industry will be able to provide more and more mass-produced MOFs at increasingly competitive costs in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: metal–organic frameworks; adsorption; greenhouse gases; atmospheric environment; climate change metal–organic frameworks; adsorption; greenhouse gases; atmospheric environment; climate change
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Gargiulo, N.; Peluso, A.; Caputo, D. MOF-Based Adsorbents for Atmospheric Emission Control: A Review. Processes 2020, 8, 613.

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