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It is costly & challanging to separate aromatic hydrocarbons from aliphatic hydrocarbon mixtures. Researchers from Shanghai (China) made a porous 3D polymer using a flexible 1D polymer made from metal units attached to salen ligands, known as metallsalen.  The uniqueness of the polymer is that it could recognize the guest molecule through host-guest interactions and thereby separating aromatics with high selectivity from aliphatic mixtures.

The future lies not only separating hydrocarbon mixtures in the refining process but also to recycle the polymers without adsorption and losses.

(Ref: Y. Cui et al. Chemical Communications, pp. 2118 - 2120, 2009)