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CO2 Sucker

As the world's carbon dioxide emissions rise, increasing the threat of global warming, scientists are working on ways of capturing the gas produced by power plants, factories and vehicles. A group of scientists from L'Institut Lavoisier at the University of Versailles in France have developed a new nanotechnology material that has an astounding ability to absorb CO2.

Just one cubic metre of the material, chromium terephtalate or MIL-101 (Materiaux de L'Institut Lavoisier No. 101), can hold 400 cubic meters of CO2, double the amount of the nearest competing substance. The secret to its success: MIL-101 has a surface area of 6,000 square metres per gram and pores that are 3.5 nanometres in diameter, enabling it to capture and store great numbers of CO2 molecules. Ideally, MIL-101 will be used to make a filter that could capture CO2 as it is emitted.

Source: Discovery Channel Magazine, January 2009

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