3D molecular sponges

3D molecular sponges

Hydrogen has been touted as one alternative to fossil fuels, but for planes or even cars to run on hydrogen, the gas needs to be stored in large quantities. One method for storing hydrogen and other gases are materials called metal-organic frameworks (or MOFs), which are a bit like 3D molecular sponges or sieves.

“The most important feature of metal-organic frameworks is the fact that they’re mostly free space,” says Prof. Shane Telfer a chemist from Massey University. Read and listen to the full story at on Radio New Zealand’s Our Changing World.