Employees of one of the Russian institutes have developed a technology according to which the polymer production process will become more economical and environmentally friendly. The technology consists in the use of organometallic frameworks based on terephthalic acid for the efficient separation of benzene and cyclohexane, practically without consuming energy.
Cyclohexane serves as the basis for the polymers production, in particular polyamide (nylon), from which synthetic fibers are made.
Scientists have managed to adjust the frameworks so that they sorb benzene well and do not sorb cyclohexane, so heating or rectification columns are not required. Organometallic frameworks have a huge advantage over other materials because they can be easily modified and customized for a specific task.
News source: https://plastinfo.ru/