Metal-Organic Frameworks: the scope for UK exploitation - further details announced

Posted on: 11/01/2019

Further details have been announced regarding KTN’s Metal-Organic Frameworks event on 23rd January.

Knowledge Transfer Network will be hosting an event on Metal-Organic Frameworks on Wednesday 23rd January at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) in London. The proposed agenda (which is subject to change) for the event has been published and can be seen below:


Chair: Dr Robert Quarshie, KTN

09:55 Welcome and Introductions – Dr Robert Quarshie, KTN

10:00 Dr Ben Walsh, Innovate UK – ‘Government support for materials innovation’

10:15 Dr Jennifer Channell, UKRI EPSRC

10:40 Dr Marco Taddei (Co-authors: Roberto D’Amato, Anna Donnadio, Mariolino Carta, Claudio Sangregorio, Riccardo Vivani, Davide Tiana, Ferdinando Costantino, Swansea University) Р‘Discovery of F4_MIL-140A (Ce): a new phase-change adsorbent for CO2 capture?’

11:05 – 11:30 Coffee Break and Networking

11:30 Timothy Johnson, Johnson Matthey – ‘MOF@JM’

11:55 Jingwei Hou and Thomas Bennett, University of Cambridge – ‘Metal organic framework liquid, glass and composites’

12:20 Ben Slater, UCL – ‘Probing chemical and thermal durability of MOFs’

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 Lee Brammer, University of Sheffield – ‘Flexibility, Dynamics and Lability in MOFs’

13:45 Stewart Warrender, Morven Duncan and Russell Morris, MOFgen Ltd Р‘Provisional Title: Harnessing Nitric Oxide for Healthcare Applications’

14:00 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’

14:15 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’

14:30 – 14:55 Coffee Break and Networking

14:55 Dr Andrea Laybourn, University of Nottingham – ‘Realising the environmental benefits of MOFs: recent advances in microwave synthesis’

15:10 Dr Jack Turner, Dr Selina Ambrose, Prof. Edward Lester, Promethean Particles Р‘Scale up of Continuous-flow MOF Synthesis for Carbon Capture and Storage’

15:25 Dr Andrew Marsden, Immaterial Labs Limited – ‘A systematic methodology for MOF commercialisation’

15:40 General Discussion – where do we go from here?

15:55 Closing Remarks – Dr Robert Quarshie, KTN

16:00 Close


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 (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.

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