Chemists develop refrigerant capture molecule

A team of chemistry researchers at the University of Houston claim to have developed a molecule that could capture fluorinated refrigerants.

The team has developed a molecule that self-assembles into a lightweight structure with microscopic pores capable of binding large quantities of several potent greenhouse gases to the tune of 75% by weight.

Ognjen Miljanić, a UH associate professor of chemistry and leader of the team, said. “This molecule could be used to capture Freons from disposed refrigeration systems, for example, or to concentrate them prior to analysis of their content.”

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