Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a program from the Department of Energy to develop an innovative and commercially viable approach for producing metal-organic frameworks via a continuous, energy-efficient process enabled by emergent green reaction technologies.
Metal-organic frameworks are a class of polymeric material with high internal surface areas, resulting in considerable interest for gas storage and separations applications. These porous materials are typically only made on a laboratory scale by conventional heating methods, where synthetic processes oftentimes involve long reaction times, high temperatures, and low yields. The utilization of metal-organic frameworks as sorbent media creates a need for more efficient, larger scale manufacturing processes than the current state-of-the-art practices. PSI’s process will produce sorbent materials through a continuous, energy-efficient process enabled by emergent green reaction technologies. The utilization of this process to produce sorbent materials will create new business opportunities by integrating it into a value-chain of industrial and/or commercial processes that generate xenon and krypton. PSI’s innovation is a two-step process that produces and purifies sorbent materials with direct application to the recovery of radioactive, gaseous materials that result from nuclear power generation.
PSI’s approach will demonstrate a rapid, economically viable process to produce metal-organic frameworks for gas adsorption applications. Additionally, the process can be utilized for the scalable production of other metal-organic frameworks and materials.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Peter Warren
Executive Vice President, Materials Division
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003