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Stuart James, MOF Technologies CTO and Professor of chemistry at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), has published his groundbreaking research into porous liquids in one of the world’s leading journals, Nature.
The work, which has significant implications for a range of clean technology applications, focuses on the design of materials which combine the properties of fluidity and porosity to dissolve unusually large quantities of gas. It’s acceptance to the prestigious journal Nature highlights the critical importance of identifying and developing advanced materials capable of capturing and storing gas for clean technology applications.
MOF Technologies CTO Prof James said: “We have shown that by creating microscopic holes or “pores” in liquids, you can increase the amount of gas that can dissolve in the liquid. Using this idea, it might in future be possible to run industrial reactions at lower pressures, saving on energy and avoid hazard. It may also be possible to selectively dissolve different gases into these liquids based on how well the size and the shape of the gas molecules match with the pore. Porous liquids might therefore at some stage be useful in gas separations or for more selective chemical processes.”
QUB’s press release can be viewed at http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ceao/News/Title,539041,en.html, with the paper published here http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v527/n7577/full/nature16072.html