Novel Tools and a Pharmaceutical Screening Strategy to Capture Carbon Dioxide

December 10, 2012

Today, crystalline porous materials are widely used in industry to purify water and separate gases. But scientists believe these structures have the potential to do a lot more — like capturing carbon dioxide from the flue-gas emissions of coal-burning power plants before it reaches the atmosphere and contributes to global warming. Until recently, one of the major challenges to using these materials for carbon capture was identifying the right porous structures to effectively do the job. But novel tools developed by Lab computational researchers, combined with an informatics screening strategy inspired by the pharmaceutical industry, is making this search a lot easier. More>

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