New Porous Materials Demand in the Industry Chemicals and Materials

Published Date : Mar 19, 2014

The industry has come up with new class of making porous materials that significantly controls a wide range of applications and greater manufacturing applications to handle long term industry standard applications. 

This discovery was conducted by a team of University of Connecticut chemists that found out the creation of over 60 new families in the field of chemicals and materials. The study was conducted with the potential for many more chemicals and materials.

The key purpose in the entire process is the process of recycling – the green technology and some examples of the porous materials include rubber, drywall, wood, some plastic, and concrete.

For several years, for about the past 20 years, scientists and researchers have studied and relied on a long-lasting, water-based solutionfor creating mesoporous materials in the environment. The size of the pores in the material is hard to manipulate and show the stability of the system as it weakens when the material is exposed to high heat. This procedure has its own limitations though. It is necessary to have materials with uniform microscopic pores that permit the assigned target molecules of a definite size to move in and out of the material. 

Professor Steven L.Suib, the project’s principal investigator has been highly intrigued about Project I to its core and has been involvedin it for the past 30 years. 

This project is vital in applications such as magnetic, sensors, adsorption, optics, and energy products for instance, catalysts found in fuel cells. 

According to Suib, people have a conception of relating the materials project to the lock-and-key systems. Certain enzymes lead to pores of a certain size and shape and hence, with this process one can now make a receptacle procedure for particular enzymes and proteins in order for them to bind and react. 

This project is also conducted using titanium and silicon materials in opposition to other metals of the periodic table. 

The team studies and reports say that such a type of controlled pore-size distribution, thermal stabilities, and advanced pore volumes is an unprecedented act. The team believes what they have discovered is worth the discovery of a new insect in nature. Suib’s years of research involve the discovery of mesoporous metal oxides, uniform or monomodaloxides using different types of transition metal forms such as cobalt, manganese, and iron. 

Even, according to the Nature Communications findings and publications, this project is a unique approachthat provides better control and flexibility, and an unprecedented approach towards the upcoming ideas in this field.