July 31, 2014

Free Pores for Molecule Transport

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Researchers Identify Cause of Surface Barriers of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) – Relevant to Gas Storage

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can take up gases similar to a sponge that soaks up liquids. Hence, these highly porous materials are suited for storing hydrogen or greenhouse gases. However, loading of many MOFs is inhibited by barriers. Scien-tists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now report in “Nature Communications” that the barriers are caused by cor-rosion of the MOF surface. This can be prevented by water-free synthesis and storing strategies.