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By using methods applied in the creation process of porous solids, researchers invented “porous liquid” to battle gas emissions. This liquid is hoped to bring forth a new age of cleaner energy or at least with much less gas emissions that energy companies emit on a daily basis.
The scientists and researchers of the Queen’s University of Belfast in the UK have created a liquid that has holes throughout its composition, similar to rooms. The holes have a very small point of entry so that the liquid itself does not enter them. But small molecules such as gas could easily enter and remain trapped there while the liquid moves on.
This advance in science and chemistry will potentially solve our current problem concerning the pollution of our entire ecosystem. The liquid functions by trapping the CO2 emissions from factories that need fossil fuel in order to run either separating them or simply destroying them all-together.
The permanent porosity of this liquid was made possible by combining a bulky solvent along with molecules which possess rigid organic cages in order for them to be capable of containing gas within themselves. Besides CO2, other gases can be trapped in these organic cages, depending on their size and the diameter of the cage window. Some of the gases that can be trapped, and by doing so help with reducing gas emissions, are Methane, Xenon and Nitrogen.
Further studies need to be conducted in order for the porous liquid to become perfectly viable, because at the moment it is still in its early stages of testing. One of the problems that the researchers face is that after they complete the porous liquid, a widespread change must be made to all of the gas emitting equipment in order for it to house the liquid itself. But that problem is in the future at the moment, the main struggle now being to specialize the cages of the liquid to only trap CO2 molecules.
Researchers from different countries, ranging from UK and France to Germany and Argentina, have now banded together in order to solve the problems that this porous liquid presently poses.
The efforts through which researchers invented “porous liquid” to battle gas emissions in a faster and safer way will only grow more and more as time goes on, but the fruits of their labor will pave the way for a brighter and cleaner future for us and generations to come.