New compound touted as carbon-capture breakthrough

02/18/2008 | (Canada)

Scientists are hailing a new metal-organic crystal, created by chemists at the University of California Los Angeles, as a "turning point" in carbon-capture research. The nontoxic, heat-resistant crystals known as ZIFs can absorb and store 83 times their weight in carbon dioxide, making them ideal for filtering carbons in industrial settings. "The technical challenge of selectively removing carbon dioxide has been overcome," says Omar Yaghi, a UCLA chemistry professor.

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