Julie Chao of the Berkeley Lab reports on metal organic frameworks (MOFs), a highly porous solid material that has the potential to soak up vast quantities of carbon dioxide.
- MOFs are able to sequester mass amounts of carbon due in large part to their high internal surface area. Just one gram of a MOF can have a surface area that is larger than a football field.
- The high surface area and the porousness of the material make MOFs one of the most efficient ways of removing carbon dioxide from power plants and the atmosphere.
- While MOFs are not yet ready to be used at scale, private and public partnerships are unlocking ways to bring these materials to market.
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