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MFU-4 – A Metal-Organic Framework for Highly Effective H2/D2 Separation

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The metal-organic framework, MFU-4, possessing small cavities and apertures, is exploited for quantum sieving of hydrogen isotopes. Quantum mechanically, a molecule confined in a small cavity shows an increase in effective size depending on the particle mass, which leads to a faster deuterium adsorption from a H2/D2 isotope mixture.

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