CO2 Key to Unique Nanomaterials
In common perception, carbon dioxide is just a greenhouse gas, one of the major environmental problems of humankind. But, for Warsaw chemists CO2 became something else: a key element of reactions allowing for creation of nanomaterials with unprecedented properties.
In reaction with carbon dioxide, appropriately designed chemicals allowed researchers from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) in Warsaw and the Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw Univ. of Technology, (WUT) for production of unprecedented nanomaterials. The novel materials are highly porous, and in their class they show the most extended, and so the largest surface area, which is of key importance for the envisaged use. Prospective applications include storage of energetically important gases, catalysis or sensing devices. Moreover, microporous fluorescent materials obtained using CO2 emit light with quantum yield significantly higher than those of classical materials used in OLEDs.
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