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Metal-Organic Frameworks – the Scope for UK Exploitation

Posted on 14/12/2018

KTN will be hosting an event on Metal-Organic Frameworks on London in January.

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 characterised by an open framework that can be porous. MOFs – with their inherently large surface area – can be used for gas storage, purification and separation, as well as catalysis and sensing applications.

As MOF products emerge into the marketplace, KTN are hosting an event on the scope for UK exploitation of metal-organic frameworks at The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) on 23rd January in London. 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. A full agenda shall be published in due course.

Leading producers of MOFs 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).

You can register your attendance by clicking here.