Metal Organic Frameworks - the Scope for UK Exploitation
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a class of crystalline materials that consist of coordination bonds between transition-metal cations and multidentate organic linkers. The structure of MOFs is characterized by an open framework that can be porous (porous materials). MOFs can be used for gas storage, purification and separation, as well catalysis and sensing applications. Leading producers include BASF, MOFapps, MOF Technologies Limited and Strem Chemicals.
MOFs are, in fact, the most porous materials known to humankind. One metal-organic framework, so-called NU-110, has such a large surface area that just one gram of it could be unfolded to cover one-and-a-half football fields.
There is now growing interest in exploring amorphous solid, gel and melt-quenched glass forms of MOFs. In particular, the liquid phase has only recently been identified (2017).
As MOF products emerge into the marketplace, this one-day event will seek to bring together the UK MOF community – from government bodies, industry and academia – to review the current landscape, identify gaps in R&D, engage in community-building/brokering and to focus on short, medium and long-term commercial opportunities.
Topics will include R&D reviews, commercial case studies, access to finance, funding opportunities and sign-posting/information sourcing/networking.
Chair – Dr Robert Quarshie, KTN
09-55am Welcome and Introductions – Dr Robert Quarshie, KTN
10-00am Dr Ben Walsh, Innovate UK – ‘Government support for materials innovation’
10-15am Dr Jennifer Channell, UKRI EPSRC – ‘TBC’
11-05am till 11-30am Coffee Break and Networking
11-30am Timothy Johnson, Johnson Matthey – ‘MOF@JM’
11-55am Jingwei Hou and Thomas Bennett, University of Cambridge – ‘Metal organic framework liquid, glass and composites’
12-20pm Ben Slater, UCL – ‘Probing chemical and thermal durability of MOFs’
12-45 till 1-30pm Lunch
1-30pm Lee Brammer, University of Sheffield – ‘Flexibility, Dynamics and Lability in MOFs’
1-45pm Stewart Warrender presenter, Morven Duncan and Russell Morris, MOFgen Ltd – ‘Provisional title: Harnessing Nitric Oxide for Healthcare Applications’
2-00pm Presenter Name: Dr Peyman Z. Moghadam, University of Sheffield, Dr David Fairen-Jimenez (University of Cambridge); Dr Pete Wood and Dr Seth Wiggin (CCDC) – ‘The Role of High-throughput Computational Screening in Materials Discovery: Application of MOFs for Gas Storage’
2-15pm Dr Angela Bejarano-Villafuerte, Dr Selina Ambrose, Prof. Edward Lester, Promethean Particles – ‘Provisional Title: Continuous-flow Zr-based MOF Synthesis for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage’
2-30pm till 2-55pm Coffee Break and Networking
3-10pm Dr Jack Turner, Dr Selina Ambrose, Prof. Edward Lester, Promethean Particles –
‘Scale up of Continuous-flow MOF Synthesis for Carbon Capture and Storage’
3-40pm General Discussion – where do we go from here?
3-55pm Closing Remarks – Dr Robert Quarshie, KTN