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For the purpose of providing a baseline for future research, NC State researchers and their collaborators are investigating the storage of methane under practical conditions.

A Graphic Illustration showing The evolution of different structures of MIL-53(M) (M = Cr, Al, and Fe) upon increasing adsorbate uptake
Published in: Avery Thompson; Scilight  2022, 211110 (2022)
DOI: 10.1063/10.0011496
Copyright © 2022 Author(s)

A research study by Forrest et al. has been recently selected to be featured in AIP Scilight. Scilights are short articles showcasing the most interesting research across the physical sciences published in AIP Publishing Journals. The articles (“science highlights”) are written by a member of AIP’s Media Services team.

The world is witnessing significant growth in scientific interest in alternative energy sources to replace fossil fuels and fight climate change. Methane is one alternative “that traditionally needs to be stored at high pressures and low temperatures to be viable.”

“When you put methane into one of these porous metal-organic frameworks, the intermolecular interactions are strong enough to change the range of pressures at which methane can enter the pores at high densities,” said author Brian Space.

“We’re just beginning to explore all the possibilities that are available to us,” said Space. “There are so many possibilities for pores and flexibility. This is an exploration of what has been found so far.”

Brian Space, Professor of Chemistry at NC State, has joined efforts with a number of researchers from all across the country to publish their findings in the article entitled “Methane storage in flexible and dynamical metal-organic frameworks” in Chemical Physics Reviews (2022). The article can be accessed at