Porous materials

Porous materials are materials with pores (cavities, channels or interstices). The characteristics of a porous material vary depending on the size, arrangement and shape of the pores, as well as the porosity (the ratio of the total pore volume relative to the apparent volume of the material) and composition of the material itself.


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    Bifunctional catalysts containing metal and acid sites are used industrially in alkane hydroconversion. Now, the nanoscale spatial separation of the two active sites is shown to promote hydroisomerization and inspires design principles for this type of catalyst.

    • Si-Ming Wu
    • , Jiří Čejka
    •  & Xiao-Yu Yang
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    Heterogeneous catalysis is often plagued by incompatibility of a catalyst’s reactivity and stability. Now, covalent organic frameworks linked by reactive, yet stable, N-heterocyclic carbene precursors are synthesized and the frameworks are subsequently used as cathodes in Li–S batteries.

    • Guolong Xing
    •  & Long Chen
    Nature Synthesis 1, 341-343
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    A composite membrane that contains porous organic cages is shown to be dynamic, with pore aperture diameter controlled by solvent allowing for graded molecular sieving.

    • Jeffrey R. McCutcheon
    • , Mayur Ostwal
    •  & Mi Zhang
    Nature Materials 21, 387-388