Metal-Organic Frameworks: Technology and market development for a new class of highly porous materials (MOF2market)
Project duration: 01.03.2012 – 28.02.2015
Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are a new class of porous materials, which are characterized by a highly specific surface area and a pore volume of up to 7000 m2g-1 and 3.60 cm3g-1. These materials are made of an inorganic metal-(oxo) cluster (e. g. Cu, Cr, Zn) and functional organic ligands. Due to the modular concept, the targeted design with specific properties (like pore diameter and certain functionalities introduced to the organic linker molecule) becomes realizable for a wide range of applications. Thus the number of synthesized MOF materials continuously increases. Based on their outstanding properties MOFs outperform traditional materials such as zeolites and activated carbons and are ideally suited for applications in gas adsorption, separation and sensor processes.
In the context of the MAVO "MOF2market", new MOF based applications, based on economically scalable MOF synthesis routes, have been developed. They are especially applied in the field of solar and membrane technology, sensor systems, diagnostics, gas storage, chemical process engineering and they show better performances and address numerous markets.
The project "MOF2market" focuses on scalable MOF manufacturing processes and on specific MOF based products, which have not been exhaustively investigated yet.