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Researchers develop honeycomb-like MOF structures to trap harmful gases

An international team of scientists has developed a novel method through which the issues of harmful gases polluting the ecology can be restricted. A group of scientists from the University of Texas at Dallas in the US has invented a ground-breaking and innovative honeycomb-like microscopic organometallic structures through which the harmful gases can easily be entrapped.

These Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are designed from many building blocks made of organic linker molecules and metal ion centers. As said by the scientists from the University of Texas at Dallas, these structures like organic linker molecules and metal ion centers together create a honeycomb-like configuration that can grasp the harmful gases within each of its pores.

In addition, the small nano-scale systems also have the potentiality to ambush huge amount of poisonous gases emitted from the large coal factories and as well as from the engines of small cars and trucks. It can be used for limiting the air pollution and can also put a ceiling on the climate change.

On this matter, the lead author of the study and a research scientist at UT Dallas, Dr. Kui Tan said, “The newly developed structures carry the potential to store all type of gases for a longer time of period.”

He added that the previously existed structure lacks the ability to trap the softly bound gases for a longer time. After studying the problem, he and his team decided to integrate a molecule with the structure that can restrict the external surface of each of Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) crystal in the same manner through which bees close up their honeycombs with wax to safe the honey from overflowing.

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