An Institute of Standards and Technology research team has figured out why a
recently discovered material can safely store at low pressure up to 100 times
as much of the volatile chemical as can be done with conventional methods.
The team has probed the atomic-level workings of a metal-organic framework
(MOF), a lattice-like structure made of copper oxide and benzene, that soaks up
acetylene like a sponge. Using tools at the NIST Center for Neutron Research
(NCNR), the scientists have shown that exposed copper atoms within the lattice
give the MOF its talent at storing acetylene. The findings could be of use to
the chemical industry in the future.
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