Porous Liquids: Understanding, Scope and Applications

Lead Research Organisation: University of Liverpool
Department Name: Chemistry


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Berardo E (2020) Computational screening for nested organic cage complexes in Molecular Systems Design & Engineering

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Brand M (2021) Melt-quenched porous organic cage glasses in Journal of Materials Chemistry A

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Brand MC (2023) Photoresponsive Type III Porous Liquids. in Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)

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Egleston BD (2020) Controlling Gas Selectivity in Molecular Porous Liquids by Tuning the Cage Window Size. in Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)

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Greenaway RL (2019) From Concept to Crystals via Prediction: Multi-Component Organic Cage Pots by Social Self-Sorting. in Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)

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Greenaway RL (2020) Organic Cage Dumbbells. in Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)

Description Porous liquids are a new class of material that could have applications in areas such as gas separation and homogeneous catalysis. The were recently reported by the investigator team in a joint study, Nature 2015, 527, 216, and we have a patent filed, and have established a company, Porous Liquids Technology (http://www.porousliquidtechnologies.com) to explore commercial ventures: Porous liquids are described as:

"a new class of liquid materials that contain microscopic cavities (pores), each the size of a single molecule. They contain up to 10 000 times the number of cavities that are found in conventional liquids, and up to around 20% of the liquid is actually empty space. Thanks to these cavities, porous liquids can absorb large amounts of gas and they can be tuned to selectively absorb one gas over another - as for porous solids, which are widely applied in industry. However, a critical advantage over porous solids is that porous liquids can also flow through pipes, meaning that they can be applied in a host of different ways. For example, they can be implemented in continuous flow separations or be drop-in replacements for liquid absorption systems based on conventional liquids, such as amine solutions."

The aim with this grant is to build up our understanding of the scope and applications of these new materials.
Exploitation Route Porous liquids are already being investigate by groups around the world, e.g. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b15873, and they have generate media interest, e.g. https://eic.rsc.org/feature/a-fluid-idea-with-holes/3008369.article.
Sectors Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Healthcare

Description Formation of a company, Porous Liquid Technologies LTD. A patent has been filled on the discovery and application of porous liquids.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Healthcare
Description We invented porous liquids and have unrivalled expertise in these materials. We have a wealth of experience in innovative materials discovery, in the chemicals industry and in meeting real world business needs. The potential applications of porous liquids include CO2 capture, biogas purification, hydrocarbon separation, and noble gas capture. 
Year Established 2017 
Impact Currently, there are 7 officers registered with significant control.
Website http://www.porousliquidtechnologies.com/
Description The Big Bang Fair North West 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact "The Big Bang North West welcomed over 8000 school children to the Exhibition Centre Liverpool on July 2 to enjoy a fun filled day of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities, from virtual reality experiences to colourful scientific shows."
In collaboration with the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, a team from the University of Liverpool led by Becky Greenaway, engaged with school students at the North West Big Bang STEM event using our outreach programme: 'The Hole Story'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019