Storage polymer discovery


Another promising new discovery has been made by scientists in Cardiff exploring the safe storage of hydrogen as an environmentally friendly alternative to petrol, after professors from the School of Chemistry and 2 other universities reported the creation of an organic polymer capable of storing around 3 percent hydrogen by weight.

The figure is almost double the amount of hydrogen the group’s preliminary polymers could store last year, offering hope of producing an organic polymer in the future capable of storing enough hydrogen to successfully power a vehicle.

Professor Neil McKeown, of the School of Chemistry, commented, $quot;We are excited to report this recent discovery by our research team, of a polymer which can hold around 3 percent hydrogen by weight. Although we still have a long way to go, it is clear that we are moving in the right direction, especially as we also have a number of promising new polymers to test.$quot;

$quot;In order to obtain a polymer that can store useful quantities of hydrogen, we need to make a much more porous material, but one in which the holes are very small so as to fit snugly the small hydrogen molecules,$quot; Mckeown added.

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