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Solving the hydrogen storage problem

Published: 01-Jan-2004

FIELD: Reticular chemistry

RECENT MILESTONES: In a May article in Science, U-M chemist Omar Yaghi's porous "crystal sponges" got national attention as a potential way to give a fuel-cell powered car enough stored hydrogen fuel to travel hundreds of miles. The sponges, known also as metal-organic frameworks, won't require expensive cooling or compressing of the fuel. The work has attracted attention from auto companies and funding from chemical giant BASF.

Yaghi and his colleagues have also met U.S. Department of Energy standards for a similar successful storage system for methane fuel.

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