We have known for at least half a century that the noble gases never did deserve the indolent tag of "inert", they just needed the right kind of activation to react. Now, researchers from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) in the UK and Argonne National Laboratory in the USA have collaborated to capture one of the more well-known noble gases, neon, of neon light fame, within the porous crystalline framework of an organometallic compound, the material is known as NiMOF-74. "The structures reported [in Chemical Communications] show the first observation of a genuine interaction between neon and a transition metal, suggesting the potential for future design of selective neon capture frameworks," explains team leader Peter Wood. The material might shed light on a more environment friendly way to isolate neon for its various applications.
Go with the glow, organically