Gallery: Crystal Compounds Used as Super-Efficient Carbon Storage Spong...


Carbon capture stands to reduce the impacts of climate change caused by industrial pollution — but the methods currently available for capturing carbon are expensive, complicated and too burdensome to be widely implemented. It turns out that an answer to this problem could be a family of complex crystals called metal-organic frameworks. Metal-organic frameworks are incredibly porous and have the highest internal surface area of any substance known to man — and it just so happens that they can be formulated for the sole purpose of capturing carbon.

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  1. ugocrazy July 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I like how this goes :”You could place the carbon in an underground chamber, where it wouldn’t harm the atmosphere, and repeat the cycle again and again.”

    So basically we will polute the inards of the planet so we can save the atmosphere seems to me like moving the problem rather than solve it” But in any case the idea is slick and the science very interresting.

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