Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) are porous nanomaterials that can absorb and hold gases to filter toxic gases or store fuel for natural gas- or hydrogen gas-powered engines. But MOFs don't work well if they get too hot. CRC collaborator Christopher Wilmer, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, led a team from six universities in a simultaneous experiment of heat transfer in MOFs. The study found that MOFs trap more heat than expected - throwing up challenges for practical engineering applications. The study was recently published in Nature Communications.
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At left: Simulation of a MOF based on computation carried out at CRC and Carnegie Mellon University. Courtesy Swanson School of Engineering.