The Diels-Alder reaction with cyclopentadiene typically involves tedious cracking procedures from the dimer. In this contribution from the Prof. Moth-Poulsen group, it is shown how MOST photoswitches can be made on a 100 g scale in a single step combining cyclopentadiene cracking with Diels-Alder reaction using a reaction in flow.
Our goal within the MOST project is primarily focused upon the chemical catalytic release of stored solar energy from the metastable quadricyclane molecule to the parent molecule norbornadiene. In the organic photochemistry group at the University of La Rioja, we test a variety of catalytic materials in conjunction with different norbornadiene-quadricyclane molecule pairings.
Our aim is to develop numerical benchmarks and performance criteria for the MOST system. In the Building Physics Modeling research group at Chalmers, we describe real-life performance cases of the MOST solar collector and the heat generation device with building applications as a reference.
The Symposium on Molecular Solar Thermal Systems 2021 was held between 20 and 21 April on line. It was a very successful event, with 153 registered participants from 63 universities, institutes & companies spread across 20 countries.