Fused aromatic networks as a new class of gas hydrate inhibitors

Hyuk Jun Noh, Dongyoung Lee, Woojin Go, Gyucheol Choi, Yoon Kwang Im, Javeed Mahmood, Yongwon Seo, Jong Beom Baek

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133691
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
StatePublished - Nov 2021

Bibliographical note

KAUST 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
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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