Fused aromatic networks (FANs) are attracting considerable interest in the scientific community because of their intriguing electronic properties and superior physiochemical stability due to their fully fused aromatic systems. Here, a three-dimensional (3D) cage-like organic network (3D-CON) and a vertical two-dimensional (2D) layered ladder structure (designated as V2D-BBL structure) were studied as materials for gas hydrate inhibitors because of their outstanding stability in high-pressure/low-temperature and periodically incorporated molecular building blocks. The V2D-BBL structure demonstrated remarkable performance, inhibiting the formation of both methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) hydrates, comparable to conventional lactam-based polymers. It was determined that the designed perinone moiety in the V2D-BBL structure enables synergistic interactions with the host (water) and guest (CH4) molecules involved in hydrate nucleation. Given their pre-designability and inherent stability, the FANs hold enormous potential as gas hydrate inhibitors for industrial applications.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Chemical Engineering Journal|
|State||Published - Nov 2021|
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-01-27
Acknowledgements: This research was supported by the Creative Research Initiative (CRI, 2014R1A3A2069102), BK21 Plus (5120200413798), Science Research Center (SRC, 2016R1A5A1009405), and Mid-career Research (2021R1A2C2005856) programs through the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea, and the U-K Brand Project (2.210048.01) of UNIST. The authors acknowledge computational resources from the UNIST Supercomputing Center.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Chemistry
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering