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July 7, 2009

New Nanoporous Materials

A metal-organic framework (MOF) having corners made from Zn40 and benzene dicarboxylate linkers. This cubic structure has pores of approximately 1.4 nanometers in diameter.

New nanoporous materials may be used in the future to pack more fuel into the tank of a hydrogen-driven vehicle or a fuel cell-powered cell phone, or may be used as catalysts to reduce auto emissions. Researchers use TeraGrid resources to simulate how the materials will perform.

The research is being performed by Randy Snurr, a chemical and biological engineering professor at Northwestern University, and colleagues Krista Walton, a chemical-engineering professor at Kansas State University, David Dubbeldam and Houston Frost To learn more about this exciting research, see the TeraGrid news release "A Nanoporous Material in Your Tank." [Research supported by National Science Foundation grant CTS 05-07013.] (Date of Image: 2007)

Credit: David Dubbeldam, Northwestern University

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