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Storing and saving what is precious

Professor Shane Telfer, PhD student Omid Taheri, and MOFs

Professor Shane Telfer, PhD student Omid Taheri, and MOFs

New metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) being investigated by the MacDiarmid Institute are a potential answer to both storing energy and absorbing carbon dioxide.

A team of MacDiarmid Institute investigators, including Principal Investigator Professor Shane Telfer, Massey University, has come up with new materials and a new process for creating MOFs, which has enormous potential for addressing major problems faced by humanity.

MOFs are tiny crystals that act like sponges; when placed in cylinders they can store hydrogen in much smaller spaces and at a much lower pressure. This could potentially allow cars, or even planes, to run on hydrogen.

Investigators are also researching how MOFs could absorb and enrich carbon dioxide and eliminate nitrous oxide greenhouse gas emissions, thereby remediating climate change.

There is this beneficial collaboration that has come out of the Institute: scientists who may not have crossed paths or had the opportunity to talk much science, but valuable connections between them are forged by MacDiarmid.

Professor Shane Telfer MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator Massey University

MOFs are already being used for carbon dioxide capture from power plants and now we’re looking to use them to sieve out the CO2 that is already present in the atmosphere.

Professor Shane Telfer MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator Massey University

More information

More information on MOFs: Annual Report 2018 - page 34 and Annual Report 2017 - page 26