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May 14 - 17, 2017, Washington DC

Metal Organic Frameworks for gas storage and separation, sensors, and catalysis, UCLA Technology Development Group


UCLA has developed extensive classes of crystalline porous materials, ranging from metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), metal-catecholates (M-CATs), metal triazolates (METs), and multivariate (MTV) MOFs, that can be used in clean energy storage and generation, electrically conductive materials, gas sensors, and catalysis.

Primary Application Area: Materials, Chemical

Technology Development Status: Prototype



MOFs and extended porous family can be used for carbon capture and utilization, hydrogen and methane storage for fuel cells, and lithium ion storage for clean energy applications. Electrically conductive porous materials with high surface areas are ideal for gas sensor applications. These conducting porous frameworks can be designed and synthesized for highly selective and sensitive sensing. MOFs can be designed to be highly selective for catalytic reactions within their pores or the active domains of the material for a variety of chemical reactions that can be catalyzed on a large-scale



Value Proposition: 

*Robust and highly porous crystalline materials
*High surface area and storage capacity (300-10,000 m2/g)
*Controlled and tunable building units
*Chemistry extends to a wide variety of linkers and metals, leading to complexity and control at the molecular level



National Innovation Awardee

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab



Vetted Programs/Awards: Professor Yaghi is the second most cited chemist in the world, according to Thomson Reuters top 100 chemists list, 2000-2010.

External Funding to Date: Sponsored research from a chemical company.