CO2 to the nano rescue

Researchers from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) in Warsaw and the Faculty of Chemistry, at Warsaw University of Technology, (WUT), Poland have turned to carbon dioxide as the raw material for a range of unprecedented nanomaterials. These materials are highly porous with high internal surface area to volume ratios and could have applications as storage media for energy-dense gases, catalysts or sensors. They have also demonstrated that some are microporous fluorescent materials and can emit light with a quantum yield significantly higher than is seen with conventional materials used in OLED displays, for instance.