EPSRC logo

Details of Grant 

EPSRC Reference: EP/F062443/1
Title: Screening New families of Metal Organic Frameworks for Hydrogen Storage
Principal Investigator: Redshaw, Professor C
Other Investigators:
Shang, Dr C
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Auriga Energy Ltd Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL
Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of East Anglia
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 April 2008 Ends: 30 September 2009 Value (£): 177,996
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Chemical Synthetic Methodology Energy Storage
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy Transport Systems and Vehicles
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
18 Jan 2008 Feasibility Studies for Energy Research II Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Mankind has now realised that its dependance on oil cannot last forever. Viable alternative fuels are frantically being sought, particularly for use in the automobile industry. Hydrogen is emerging as a promising candidate, as it can be generated from a variety of sources. As a clean burning substitute, hydrogen has the potential to dramatically cut our carbon dioxide emissions to the levels suggested in the 2007 White paper (60 % reduction by 2050), however to be practical any new fuel needs to be safe and compact. As hydrogen is a gas at ambient temperatures, it would need to be compressed under very high pressures or cooled to very low temperatures to provide sufficient supplies necessary for the running of vehicles. Neither high pressures nor low temperatures are acceptible, not least on safety grounds. In an attempt to circumvent these problems, methods of chemical storage are been investigated. Amongst the front runners currently under investigation are microporous materials, which relie on high surface area and strong hydrogen binding affinity. Large scale syntheses and chemical flexibility are other important considerations, which put coordination networks based on metal ions linked by organic spacer molecules in the shop window. These metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have recently shown potential for hydrogen uptake with systems based on zinc clusters/carboxylate linkers exhibiting hydrogen absorption values, albeit at low temperatures, approaching the 2010 targets set by the US Department of Energy for on-board hydrogen storage.It is the intention here to evaluate a promising new familiy of MOFs, the structures of which are based on zinc (or aluminium) clusters linked by diphenolate spacers. These systems possess all the attributes necessary for hydrogen absorption, can be prepared on multi-gramme scale and are readily amenable to chemical modification, including the incorporation of alkali-metal ions shown in other systems to be beneficial to hydrogen uptake. The zinc (and aluminium) clusters in our systems also possess intruiging and potentially useful conformations, which create internal pockets that are well suited to small molecule capture.
Key Findings
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Potential use in non-academic contexts
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Description This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Date Materialised
Sectors submitted by the Researcher
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Project URL:  
Further Information:  
Organisation Website: http://www.uea.ac.uk