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Light-induced switchable adsorption in azobenzene- and stilbene-based porous materials...

by Hannah F Drake, Gregory S Day, Zhifeng Xiao, Hong-cai Zhou, Matthew R Ryder
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Trends in Chemistry
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32 to 47

Despite the long history of porous materials as adsorbates, fundamental limitations remain regarding the efficient capture and release of the gas molecules, with the working capacity of the material often overlooked. In microporous materials, the uptake is dominated by low-pressure adsorption, with much of this being at pressures below the minimum working threshold for many gas utilization processes. Thus, research has focused on several advances in porous materials, including photoresponsive organic units for light-induced switchable adsorption. This process utilizes light to trigger structural or electronic changes, alter the gas uptake, and change the working capacity. While a relatively recent development, there is a significant body of research regarding the use of light to control gas storage performance.