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Unpacking the potential of porous materials

Unpacking the potential of porous materials

porous material

In a newly awarded ARC Future Fellowship project, Associate Professor Stephen Moggach from The University of Western Australia has received over $1,000,000 to use a unique laboratory facility to saturate porous materials with gas under extreme pressure, allowing researchers to ‘see’ the small holes they contain.

Porous materials have the potential to be used as exceptional carbon capture materials, as well as for trapping and releasing other useful gases, such as those used in medical applications. Unfortunately, to date, finding gas inside these holes has been difficult to do, making these materials a challenge to construct and analyse.

The project brings together researchers from national and international universities to develop a new approach to gas storage and release, resulting in a step-change in the methods used to design, and manufacture porous materials, with wide-reaching economic, commercial, environmental and social benefits.



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