Bethany Connolly

3rd year student in Chemistry

Worldwide access to clean natural gas is essential if environmentally acceptable energy needs are to be realized. Yet applications are limited by current technology; the U.S. Department of Energy’s gas storage target, 263 cm3 cm-3 (65 bar), has never been achieved by a commercially viable material. I have developed a novel, monolithic metal-organic framework which is chemically, thermally and mechanically stable. This unique material exhibits a benchmark natural gas working capacity of 261 cm3 cm-3 (100 bar), representing a vital technological advancement in commercial gas storage, e.g. for automobiles. Correspondingly, I have filed a patent in collaboration with Cambridge Enterprise and Immaterial Labs.

Other 2019 award winners

Sean Chia

Yeonsik Choi

Magda Gerigk

Garazi Gomez De Segura Solay

Carol Ibe

Marina Konstantatou

Samer Kurdi

Yuanyuan Liu

Veselina Petrova

Sakthy Selvakumaran

Taylor Uekert

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