Phil’s paper on an ultra-microporous metal-organic framework (MOF) for CO2 capture and storage just appeared online at Science Advances. This work was done at the University of Ottawa during Phil’s M.Sc Chemistry degree. He was responsible for all computational modelling of the material, writing the paper, and comparison to existing materials.

Essentially, this material is a crystalline nano-porous framework which is stable, scalable, with extremely high CO2 uptake. Intriguingly, this MOF has very tiny pores, which may seem counter-intuitive for high CO2 capture. The pore sizes are the optimal fit for a high density of CO2 binding sites with the additional benefit of cooperative binding. You can download the PDF here.