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Design of H2-stored polymeric networks

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The exploitation of fossil fuels for transportation produces an exorbitant amount of greenhouse gases such as CO2, negatively contributing to the global warming. In this respect, hydrogen is viewed as an ideal fuel to address these challenges, particularly on its high energy density per mass and its sourcing via the use of renewable resources. However, the transportation of hydrogen requires the use of efficient storage materials with high volumetric uptake and elevated safety requirements. The research proposal will be aiming to develop reversible H2-storage polymer networks in collaboration with UNamur. Polymeric networks made of reversible nodes such as boroxine moieties represent an elegant way to afford these requirements in terms of storage performances, mechanical strength and reversible H2 uptake.

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