Molecular mechanisms behind acetylene selectivity in functional porous materials

Xue Han, Sihai Yang

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Since its first industrial production in 1890s, acetylene has played a vital role in manufacturing a wide spectrum of materials. Although current methods and infrastructures for various segments of acetylene industries are well-established, with emerging functional porous materials that enabled desired selectivity toward target molecules, it is of timely interests to develop new efficient technologies to promote safer acetylene processes with higher energy efficiency and lower carbon footprint. In this mini-review, we, from the perspective of materials chemistry, review state-of-the-art examples of advanced porous materials, namely metal-organic frameworks and decorated zeolites, that have been applied to the purification and storage of acetylene. We also discuss the challenges on the roadmap of translational research in the development of new solid sorbent-based separation technologies and highlight areas which require future research efforts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAngewandte Chemie. International Edition
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2023


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