Promethean to Showcase Manufacturing Capability with MOF production
April 2016, Nottingham. UK-nanoparticle manufacturer Promethean Particles will demonstrate its commercial production capabilities by producing a selection of key products. In particular, Promethean will produce a metal organic framework material (MOF) which is used in next generation gas adsorption applications.
Promethean is close to completion of its full scale nanomaterial production facility in Nottingham (over 1000 tpa capacity) and will commence a commissioning phase within the next 2-4 weeks with the first production runs scheduled in May. Promethean will look to demonstrate the scale of the facility by manufacturing batches of a metal organic framework (MOF) material, a metal oxide and a metallic nanomaterial and these materials will be available for purchase through Promethean’s website.
MOFs are a classification of material which has attracted considerable interest in gas storage applications from hydrogen storage to the capture and storage of carbon dioxide. They are of interest in these applications due to the incredibly high specific surface area (typically >2,000 m2/g) which is available within the porous 3D structure of the MOF.
However, the high cost price of the materials and difficulty in scale production of MOFs has contributed to a limited uptake of MOF chemistry into these industrial applications. Promethean has proven its capability to produce several MOF materials at gram and kilogram scale and is now ready to produce ton-scale quantities of material using its continuous hydrothermal reaction process. This will allow the cost of production of these materials to be dramatically reduced and it is hoped that the availability of a consistent, large-scale supply of these MOFs can allow continued development of MOF applications by commercial and academic groups alike.
Technical Manager Dr. Pete Gooden commented, ‘The academic community has generated a huge range of MOF materials which show great potential for application within many gas storage applications. However, the lack of availability of large quantities of material at a reasonable price has hindered this potential from being realised. Promethean’s plant facility will allow MOF materials to be produced at multi-ton scale – this would allow pilot studies to test whether the use of MOFs for CO2 capture for example, is a realistic possibility.’