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The first crystalline beryllium-based metal-organic framework has been synthesized and found to exhibit an exceptional surface area useful for hydrogen storage. Reaction of 1,3,5-benzenetribenzoic acid (H(3)BTB) and beryllium nitrate in a mixture of DMSO, DMF, and water at 130 degrees C for 10 days affords the solvated form of(More)
One of the limitations to the widespread use of hydrogen as an energy carrier is its storage in a safe and compact form. Herein, recent developments in effective high-capacity hydrogen storage materials are reviewed, with a special emphasis on light compounds, including those based on organic porous structures, boron, nitrogen, and aluminum. These elements(More)
Aging in super glassy polymers such as poly(trimethylsilylpropyne) (PTMSP), poly(4-methyl-2-pentyne) (PMP), and polymers with intrinsic microporosity (PIM-1) reduces gas permeabilities and limits their application as gas-separation membranes. While super glassy polymers are initially very porous, and ultra-permeable, they quickly pack into a denser phase(More)
Here we report the synthesis and ceramic-like processing of a new metal-organic framework (MOF) material, [Cu(bcppm)H2O], that shows exceptionally selective separation for CO2 over N2 (ideal adsorbed solution theory, S(ads) = 590). [Cu(bcppm)H2O]·xS was synthesized in 82% yield by reaction of Cu(NO3)2·2.5H2O with the link(More)
Gas separation membranes are one of the lowest energy technologies available for the separation of carbon dioxide from flue gas. Key to handling the immense scale of this separation is maximised membrane permeability at sufficient selectivity for CO2 over N2. For the first time it is revealed that metals can be post-synthetically exchanged in MOFs to(More)
Porosity loss, also known as physical aging, in glassy polymers hampers their long term use in gas separations. Unprecedented interactions of porous aromatic frameworks (PAFs) with these polymers offer the potential to control and exploit physical aging for drastically enhanced separation efficiency. PAF-1 is used in the archetypal polymer of intrinsic(More)
CO2 uptake in zirconium MOF UiO-66 almost doubles with post-synthetic exchange of Zr by Ti. This was due to smaller pore size and higher adsorption enthalpy, with good complementarity between experiment and simulation. Furthermore, the full effect is obtained with ~50% Ti loading, precluding the need to fully substitute frameworks for CO2 capture.
The facile synthesis of the cage molecule (C110H56Br2) via a remarkable three-fold homo-coupling macrocyclization reaction using continuous flow methodology is reported. Synthesis via continuous flow chemistry improves the residence time, safety, and environmental profile of this synthetically challenging reaction. Further, the new cage possesses halogen(More)