As the push to reduce greenhouse gases gains momentum, new research out of Oregon State University shows promise to help solve the CO2 emissions problem. A recent article in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A reveals that a new lanthanide metal organic framework (MOF) loaded with propylene oxide can scrub CO2 from factory flue gases and creates commercially useful compounds as a byproduct.
The study outlines how the MOF — loaded with propylene oxide — accelerates the formation of cyclic carbonates, which are a class of useful compounds such as battery electrolytes and pharmaceutical precursors.
In addition to scrubbing factory emissions, the lanthanide MOF can also be used to form cycle carbonates from biogas.
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