CRC collaborator studies the challenge of keeping MOFs Cool

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.

Read the full story at: "Investigating a thermal challenge for MOFs"

At left: Simulation of a MOF based on computation carried out at CRC and Carnegie Mellon University. Courtesy Swanson School of Engineering.