MOFs - Novel Materials for Gas Capture and Storage
NetScientific is bringing a revolutionary new class of material, with extraordinary properties, to market. These materials have myriad applications, including methane (natural gas) storage, carbon dioxide capture, and natural gas purification.
A revolutionary new class of material with extraordinary properties and huge commercial potential has recently emerged. The surface area of one gram of these materials can be greater than fifteen tennis courts. These sponge-like materials have huge gas storage capacities and can be used to selectively capture specific gases. NetScientific has acquired rights to a portfolio of these patent-protected materials and is involved in the development of a number of applications.
Carbon capture and sequestration from power stations is seen as a key technique to mitigate the contribution of fossil fuel emissions to global warming. These novel materials have great potential in this application, capturing the carbon dioxide from power plant flues before it is released into the atmosphere. This property of the materials also has applications in natural gas processing, where they could be used to remove unwanted carbon dioxide from natural gas supplies, prior to transportation. The materials are also suited to storing large quantities of methane, as required in gas-powered cars. This would allow low-pressure, high-capacity storage; enabling home refuelling from domestic gas supplies. Other high-value applications, such as drug delivery and water purification, are just beginning to emerge.