Posted by Jonny Agnew
“a family of miracle materials called MOFs have a bright future in products and technologies” – Royal Society of Chemistry
“Miracle materials” – pretty high praise, and from the Royal Society of Chemistry no less.
Why are MOFs referred to using such superlatives?
They are a very unique material that have been a relatively recent development in the world of Chemistry. They have two key attributes:
1. An extremely large surface area
2. Structural flexibility
In terms of the surface area, we are actually being modest. MOFs have the highest surface area known to man – a single pea sized MOF could have a surface area roughly equal to 40 tennis courts.
And what relevance does their structural flexibility have? Well, because MOFs are extremely porous, this means a MOF can be synthesised in such a manner to adsorb selected gases of interest most effectively. How could that be useful? Capturing carbon dioxide from fossil fuels for instance.
We have world leading capabilities in the synthesis of MOFs. We are the first Company to use MOFs in a commercial product. But, what we have are solutions – we need problems.
Seems a strange thing to say. However, we want to think big. We have a room full of experts that want to help change the world. We want to look at global problems and fix them.
That is how we became the first Company to commercialise an application for MOFs. We worked with Decco, a global agricultural Company, to help them build their product – TruPickTM.
The new production facilities capabilities at MOF Technologies demonstrate our unique environmentally friendly, cost effective manufacturing process are best in class and world leading. That’s all well and good – but we want to utilise these assets and know how to offer solutions to major global issues.
Let’s look at a few examples:
1. Solar Water Harvester. This is just brilliant. Using MOFs to trap water particles from air – literally creating water from thin air. Handy in drought conditions.
2. “Clean Coal” – climate change is a high level agenda item for world leaders. Using MOFs to capture the carbon emissions from fossil fuels allows power plants to remain operational, but in a significantly cleaner fashion.
3. Recycling Waste Heat – MOFs with their unprecedented surface area can act as next generation heat pumps for use in recycling waste heat. Just ask IBM who are evaluating MOFs to capture waste heat generate in computer data centres.
That is why collaborative R&D is so important to us. None of these exemplars can be fixed on their own – only through positive collaboration and joint R&D have these solutions emerged.
We believe in the potential of MOFs.
That’s why we are investing £1.2M in new facilities and have just opened a new R&D facility, fully fitted with cutting edge equipment and instrumentation, manned by highly skilled scientist and engineers to lead the next wave of MOF synthesis, characterisation and product design.
Not sure if MOFs will work for you? Give us a call for a consultation, and we can test MOFs in your particular application parameters.