New Materials for Trapping and Separating Noble Gases

Anibal Boscoboinik – Brookhaven National Laboratory


In recent years, we have developed a material and a strategy to trap and separate elusive noble gases, including Radon, Xenon, Krypton, and Argon. The most important feature of this material is having an interface between silicate nanocages and a metal surface. While the first iteration of these nanoarchitectures, which consisted of flat surfaces, was useful to demonstrate the efficacy for trapping noble gases, larger surface area materials are needed for practical applications. To achieve this, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Forge Nano Inc have teamed up to explore ALD as a tool for synthesizing such higher surface area materials and testing their performance for noble gas trapping applications.