Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have been known to chemists for almost two decades now. This family of materials are extended networks of metal ions held together by organic linkers. Scientists have discovered new applications for these materials which can make our life greener.
MSTF Media reports:
Every once in a while, scientists discover new properties associated with the MOFs, created by “stitching” metal ions together using organic components. Recently, Omar Yaghi, a chemist from Jordan, has figured out that these materials are environment-friendly.
“One can consider them porous sponges into which one can store large amounts of hydrogen for fuel cells or methane for automobile fueling,” says Prof. Yaghi.
What makes them even friendlier to the atmosphere is their capability to absorb Carbon Dioxide from the air. “We can also use them for Carbon capture from power plants to prevent CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere,” Yaghi explained.
Professor Yaghi made these remarks at a Muslim scientists’ gathering at the Malaysian university of Putra Malaysia (UPM). The forum, dubbed Science and Technology Exchange Program among Muslim Countries has been organized jointly by the Mustafa(pbuh) Science and Technology Foundation (MSTF) and the UPM and will run through December, 23rd.
One of the main goals of the MSTF is to appreciate the achievements made by Muslim scientists from around the globe by awarding them the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize in four categories of Life and Medical Science and Technology, Information and Communication Science and Technology, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and All areas of science and technology.
Professor Yaghi received the Mustafa(pbuh) Prize in 2015 in the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology category for his “outstanding contributions” to the design and production of MOFs and other similar materials. “Many groups around the world are practicing this new chemistry we call Reticular Chemistry based on our discoveries and inventions, and the potential for expansion is huge,” said the Muslim scientist in an interview with MSTF Media.
Professor Yaghi went on to say that the “exciting” aspect of the newly emerged materials is that they have the potential to be combined in different shapes, each with different properties.