NuMat to develop filtration systems to combat toxic chemicals

April 2018

NuMat has joined the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Consortium (CWMD) - a group of leading organizations partnering with the Department of Defense to launch next generation technologies to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This partnership is a continuation of NuMat’s leadership in developing future filtration systems to capture and destroy toxic chemicals.


Next Generation Hydrogen Storage

April 2018

NuMat partners with the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop next generation hydrogen storage technology for bulk transport and storage. This is a continuation of NuMat’s technology leadership in developing gas densification technology for demanding industry requirements.


Supporting technology roadmaps of the future

January 2018

The electronics sector is under significant pressure to address increased process complexity, performance, and regulatory requirements. Gasworld, a leading industry publication, highlights how NuMat is developing innovative technology solutions to these long-term challenges.

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NuMat Technologies named "Rising Star" by Global Cleantech 100 Awards

January 2018

NuMat was recognized as one of five global rising stars by the Global Cleantech 100 Awards, which recognizes innovative technology organizations best positioned to solve complex energy challenges.

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NuMat exhibits product at SemiCon Korea

January 2018

NuMat and Versum exhibited ION-X at SEMICON Korea, a premier event for microelectronics manufacturing.

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NuMat CSO honored as American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

November 2017

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded the distinction of Fellow in the Chemistry category for 2017. Among the honorees is Omar Farha, NuMat Technologies Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder. This distinction recognizes AAAS members who have made extraordinary contributions to science and technology for their scientific leadership and cross-disciplinary achievements.

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NuMat CSO named 2017 Highly Cited Researcher, Top 1% Most Cited in his Field

November 2017

Omar Farha, NuMat Technologies Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder, was named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher this month. This award recognizes the top 1% most cited researchers, identifying scientists and academic researchers with exceptional impact. Farha’s contributions to the study of Metal Organic Frameworks are extraordinary, and his leadership in the field is widely recognized.

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William Noglows, Chairman of Cabot Microelectronics, Joins NuMat Technologies Board of Directors

November 2017

NuMat Technologies announced today that William (“Bill”) Noglows, the Chairman and former CEO of Cabot Microelectronics (NYSE: CCMP), was elected to its Board of Directors. Bill joins a board comprised of other leading executives, including William Kroll, Chairman Emeritus of Matheson TriGas (a Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation company) and Jay Collins, the former CEO of Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII).


NuMat invited to headline Patagonia's "For Profit & Positive Change" series

November 2017

NuMat’s CEO Ben Hernandez joined other leading entrepreneurs at Patagonia’s Ventura, CA headquarters earlier this month for the “For Profit and Positive Change” series. Tin Shed Ventures, Patagonia’s in-house venture capital fund, prioritizes supporting mission-oriented business, and the discussion focused on how for-profit companies can address the most complex sustainability questions of our day. Ben discussed NuMat’s technology platform and how programmable nano-materials are the key to solve the resource constraint challenges of tomorrow.

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ION-X Featured by Versum Materials and NuMat Technologies at SEMICON Taiwan

September 2017

NuMat and Versum presented ION-X at SEMICON Taiwan, the premier event for microelectronics manufacturing. The conference attracted participants from across the industry, with an estimated 43,000 visitors, 700 exhibitors and 1,700 booths. The Versum booth was prominently featured, facilitating key customer and industry relationships as the ION-X product launches.

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NuMat and Versum Materials announce Global Commercial Alliance

July 2017

NuMat Technologies is excited to announce a global partnership with Versum Materials (NYSE: VSM) to sell and distribute ION-X, a product line for the safe storage and delivery of electronic gases. This strategic partnership combines Versum’s global footprint with NuMat’s differentiated technology platform to deliver value to customers.

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Versum Materials to build ION-X gas plant in South Korea

July 2017

Versum Materials has announced plans to build a state of the art gas plant in Sihwa, South Korea dedicated to NuMat’s ION-X product line. This site will support global distribution of product to customers in Asia, Europe, and the US.

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Jose Arno Joins NuMat as CTO

December 2016

NuMat is excited to announce the addition of Jose, former VP of Technology at NexPlanar which was acquired by Cabot Microelectronics. Jose is an experienced technology executive having previously served in R&D leadership roles at Nexplanar, Smith’s Detection and ATMI. He brings a track record of successfully scaling technology organizations and launching market moving products.

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NuMat Recognized as One of "10 Start-ups to Watch"

November 2016

NuMat featured in Chemical & Engineering News as a top ten scientific start-up company.

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NuMat’s Product Launch Highlighted in Chemistry World

October 2016

Feature on NuMat’s innovative sub-atmospheric storage system for hazardous gases.

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NuMat CSO Featured in Chemistry World Article "The Patriotic Chemist"

October 2016

Northwestern University’s Omar Farha is featured in a Chemistry World article on MOFs and keeping America’s scientific community inclusive.

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NuMat Sponsors IIT Conference in Taiwan

September 2016

Chief Science Officer Dr. Omar Farha presents on ion implant innovations.

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NuMat and Linde Announce Global Technology Partnership

September 2016

NuMat and Linde have announced a collaborative partnership focused on the use of Metal-Organic Frameworks in the development of next generation separation and storage technologies.

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NuMat to Present at MOF 2016

September 2016

On Wednesday and Thursday September 14-15, we are excited to present at MOF 2016 in Long Beach, CA. Cofounder Omar Farha and Chemist Will Morris will give a presentation titled “MOFs for Commercial Applications”, and CEO Ben Hernandez will discuss “Capabilities Driven Approach to MOF Commercialization.”

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NuMat Technologies Earns ISO 9001 Certification

August 2016

NuMat Technologies has achieved ISO 9001 Certification, as accredited by TÜV Rheinland of North America. The rigorous quality management system adopted by NuMat covers the production of MOFs and their integration into industrial, medical, and consumer products.

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Four Startups Cleaning up the Department of Defense

July 2016

NuMat featured in article on how the Department of Defense is bringing in innovation and entrepreneurship to reduce emissions and improve safety.


NuMat Selected for Energy Frontier Research Center

June 2016

NuMat has been selected along with Dow Chemical in a US DoE Energy Frontier Research Center. We look forward to working with our partners in commercializing next-generation catalyst technology for natural gas conversion from alkanes to alcohols.

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Jeff Klunzinger, Managing Director of the OS Fund, joins NuMat’s board

February 2016

NuMat welcomes Jeff Klunzinger to its board. Mr. Klunzinger is the Managing Director of OS Fund, an early-stage investor in science and technology companies dedicated to solving the world’s greatest challenges.

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Volker Heilmann joins NuMat as Sales and Marketing Leader

January 2016

NuMat would like to welcome Volker Heilmann to the team. Prior to NuMat, Volker was a Senior Vice President at Matheson Trigas, where he oversaw global sales, marketing, and business development activities related to launching material-enabled gas storage, purification, and abatement products.

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NuMat Sponsors MOF 2016

January 2016

We’re excited to join ExxonMobil, Micromeritics, and other corporate sponsors in supporting MOF 2016. We hope to see you there!

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NuMat closes investment round

December 2015

OS Fund, Launch Capital, other leading private investors and family offices have invested in NuMat to support our accelerated growth. We are grateful for their support in scaling the company.

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John Jeanneret joins NuMat as Business Development Leader

November 2015

NuMat welcomes John Jeanneret to the team! Before NuMat, John was the Business Director at UOP, where he was responsible for managing a portfolio of 400 joint-development, manufacturing, and key venture relationships.

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NuMat awarded contract from Department of Defense

August 2015

NuMat is pleased to announce a new contract to support the production of next-generation filtration and catalysis materials.

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Glenn Tom, co-founder of ATMI, joins NuMat as Product Leader and Technical Fellow

October 2015

NuMat would like to welcome Glenn Tom to the team. Glenn co-founded ATMI, where he previously served as its Chief Scientist, Vice President of Research and Development, and Technical Fellow.

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NuMat awarded contract from the U.S. Army

August 2015

NuMat is partnering with the U.S. Army as a technology provider of choice. We look forward to supporting the development of next-generation solutions for the defense sector.

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Bill Noglows, Executive Chairman of Cabot Microelelectronics, joins advisory board

August 2015

NuMat would like to welcome Bill Noglows to its advisory board. Mr. Noglows is the Executive Chairman of Cabot Microelectronics (NYSE: CCMP), a market-leading material technology provider to the semiconductor industry.

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Patagonia recognizes NuMat as the “Future of Energy”

June 2015

Through an internal innovation fund, Patagonia has invested in NuMat’s vision for an energy revolution in how gases are stored, separated, and captured. We’re grateful for Patagonia’s shared mission of environmental sustainability.

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NuMat featured in Chemical Engineering Progress

June 2015

NuMat was profiled in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP), a leading publication in the chemicals industry. The article highlighted NuMat for being at the forefront of material innovation in the gas industry.

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NuMat presents at PowerUP

May 2015

NuMat attended “PowerUP Energy Thought Leaders Quarterly Forum”, a discussion hosted by Navigant Consulting and Kelley Drye. Along with the Executive Director of JP Morgan Energy Investments and the COO of the Clean Energy Trust, Ben Hernandez contributed to a panel on financing energy innovation in a low-price environment.

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NuMat co-founder recognized by the Royal Society of Chemistry

May 2015

Omar Farha has been awarded the 2015 Environment, Sustainability, and Energy Division Early Career Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry for his contribution to the field of metal-organic frameworks.

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NuMat featured as an Illinois clean energy company

May 2015

The 2015 Clean Jobs Illinois report featured Patrick Fuller as an example of a high-tech employee contributing to the surge in energy jobs in Illinois.

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NuMat awarded $300,000 prize from the Clean Energy Trust

April 2015

NuMat was awarded the largest prize in the 2015 Clean Energy Challenge as part of the Emerging Company Growth Awards.

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Breakthrough in chemical weapons battle

March 2015

Led by NuMat’s Omar Farha, Northwestern University researchers have invented novel structures that rapidly degrade chemical nerve agents – a potential breakthrough for both the destruction of chemical weapon stockpiles and the development of next-generation protective gear. NuMat is pleased to partner with Northwestern and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in commercializing this technology.

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Jay Collins joins the board

February 2015

NuMat is pleased to announce the appointment of T. Jay Collins to its Board of Directors. Mr. Collins is the former CEO of Oceaneering International, a $9B robotics technology company in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Collins is also the current director of Murphy Oil Corporation, a $28B American international oil and gas company.

NuMat welcomes new team members

January 2015

NuMat would like to welcome our five newest hires to the company! John Siegfried, our lead process engineer, comes to us from field service and development at UOP Honeywell. William Morris, our newest senior chemist, joins us after completing postdoctoral work at Northwestern University. Rachelle Richardson, Bill Hoover, and David Cho have all joined as chemists, using their varied expertise to support lab research. Welcome Bill, David, John, Rachelle, and William!

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Facility expansion

November 2014

NuMat is moving from the garden view to the top floor, expanding to a new 6,000 sq. ft. office in the Illinois Science and Technology Park. The new space adds a state of the art analytical lab, an expanded lab for material development, a dedicated machine shop, and dedicated space for computational modeling initiatives.

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NuMat awarded Phase II Grant

September 2014

The National Science Foundation awarded NuMat a Phase II grant for high-performance MOF-enabled adsorption systems.


NuMat presents at NIST workshop

July 2014

Patrick Fuller presented on proper programming practices in science at the NIST Workshop on Atomistic Simulations for Industrial Needs.

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Inside Northwestern University’s startup machine

May 2014

Last year’s Northwestern team, SiNode Systems, won first place for their plan to improve lithium-ion batteries, and took home $911,400 in cash and in-kind prizes. Also last year, medical device company Briteseed came in second and won $273,000. The year before that, gas storage company NuMat won first place and $874,000. NuMat went on to raise $2 million in a funding round led by Houston-area investors. Why the winning streak? The school credits its success to a suite of entrepreneurship programs and initiatives, many launched within the last few years. But they’re not alone in the startup push. Witness the last few years’ proliferation of entrepreneurship centers, faculty, and dedicated courses all over the country.

The Plastics of the 21st Century

February 2014

NuMat was invited to present at Solve for X, a consortium working together to support and enable technology moonshots. This presentation concisely explains how metal-organic frameworks will revolutionize the way the world stores, separates, and transports gases.

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William Kroll joins the board

September 2013

NuMat is pleased to announce the appointment of William J. Kroll to its Board of Directors. Mr. Kroll is the former CEO of Matheson TriGas and currently serves as Executive Chairman. Mr. Kroll is also a lead director at Taiyo Nippon Sanso, the 5th largest gas company in the world.

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NuMat in Chicago Sun-Times

July 2013

A local clean-energy startup is taking Daniel Burnham up on his “make no little plans” advice. NuMat Technologies aims to shake up the auto and semiconductor industries by using its technology to change how natural gas and hazardous gas are stored.

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NuMat closes $2.0 million seed round

June 2013

NuMat Technologies, a materials technology company that captured top honors at cleantech business competitions across the country, today announced it closed a $2 million seed round, bringing the nanotech startup’s total funding to $2.4 million.

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NuMat moves into new facility

May 2013

NuMat Technologies is now located in the Illinois Science and Technology Park in beautiful Skokie, IL!

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NuMat co-founder listed in Forbes’ 30 under 30

December 2012

With colleagues at Northwestern, invented algorithm to find and synthesize highly porous nanomaterials, 300 of which show the ability to store more natural gas than any other known material. Huge implications for creating fuel tanks for natgas-powered vehicles.

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A Tale of Three Companies

November 2012

NuMat Technologies combines expertise from three Northwestern schools: talent from the McCormick School of Engineering, the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and the Kellogg School of Management is represented through the company’s founders.


NuMat awarded ARPA-E grant

October 2012

NuMat Technologies has partnered with Northwestern University and the Gas Technology Institute in order to create a low-pressure solution for natural gas vehicles.

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NuMat’s technology discussed in Popular Science

October 2012

Today in cool stuff happening in university labs: Northwestern researchers have created two new record-setting synthetic materials with the greatest internal surface areas ever seen. There are a lot of potential applications for these metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), named NU-109 and NU-110, but first the mind-bending fact: if you were to unfold a crystal of NU-110 the size of a grain of salt, the surface area would cover a desktop.

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This video was created for the 2011 NSF International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Featured in Wired, Science, and NBC News, it explains the process of material discovery at NuMat Technologies.

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NuMat featured in Bloomberg’s Planet Forward

September 2012

On America’s roads, we’re seeing a lot more big vehicles, like buses and trucks, that run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). So why don’t we see any passenger cars run on the same fuel? Because natural gas needs to be extremely compressed in order for us to use it, we need HUGE gas tanks, and they are too big to fit into most cars. In other words, the tank needs to be shrunk. One company is working on doing just that. Instead of compressing gas, they discovered that more gas can be stored if there are more surfaces for the methane molecules to attach to. The researchers are working on developing a cyrstal-like material, called NuMat, that can be placed inside small tanks. They say that just a gram of the material has the same surface area as a football field! The company is still young, but they feel they are well on their way in their mission to move the Planet Forward. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy agrees – they awarded NuMat a $1.5 million grant!

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NuMat rings closing bell at Nasdaq

August 2012

NuMat Technologies is commercializing a new class of nanomaterials that can store gases just like a sponge soaks up water. One of their nanomaterials would be for natural gas tanks used in everyday motor vehicles. This material can overcome the major hurdles impeding natural gas automobiles currently by: storing natural gas at a lower pressure making natural gas fuel tanks safer; enabling design flexibility such that the tanks can be designed around current automobile underpinnings, reducing production costs and shortening development time; and increasing driving range. Their technology would also enable the possibility of refueling natural gas vehicles at home.

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NuMat founders featured in C&EN

August 2012

When most graduate students speak about their doctoral research at scientific gatherings, the response is usually polite applause and some probing questions from faculty. But when Christopher E. Wilmer spoke about his graduate work as part of a presentation at the Rice Business Plan Competition in Houston this April, he and his colleagues from NuMat Technologies walked away with more than $850,000.

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Global Venture Labs Investment Competition at the University of Texas at Austin: NuMat Wins

June 2012

Are young entrepreneurs out to change the world? That was the impression I got last month when I served as a judge at the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition at the University of Texas at Austin. This was my first time at the Venture Labs competition, where 37 teams from 13 countries (the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Singapore and Thailand) competed for a prize package worth $135,000. This was the 29th annual competition. Grand prize winner NuMat Technologies, which hails from Northwestern University in Illinois, is a clean energy company that designs and creates high-performance materials to store clean fuels and produce them on a large scale for industry.

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NuMat takes $100,000 clean energy title

June 2012

The Clean Energy Trust congratulates NuMat Technologies, which won first place in the inaugural Department of Energy National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. NuMat represented the Midwest region at the competition after winning first place at CET’s 2012 Clean Energy Challenge in March.

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NuMat featured in Fortune Magazine

May 2012

It may not have the ubiquity of Facebook or the scale of Wal-Mart, but NuMat Technologies someday could change the world just a little bit.

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NuMat crowned Rice Business Plan Competition champion

April 2012

The 2012 Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) crowned NuMat Technologies from Northwestern University as the world champion startup company Saturday night for its invention of a nanomaterial that can store gases just like a sponge soaks up water. The Northwestern team took home $874,300 of the more than $1.55 million in cash and prizes presented at the awards banquet.

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NuMat featured in B-School Highlights

March 2012

NuMat Technologies, a startup led by two JD-MBA students at the Kellogg School of Management, won $100,000 in the student-team division of the 2012 Clean Energy Challenge, an annual competition for Midwest clean-technology ideas. The firm won for its plan to identify and produce materials that can be used to store clean fuel.

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NuMat’s computational technology featured in Nature Chemistry

March 2012

Not only are our materials high performing and tailorable, but they are also predictable. Knowing nothing more than the starting reagents, it’s possible to construct the material, discern its characteristics, and test it in a storage or separation application using nothing more than a computer. This rapid material prototyping allows us to find the right material for every application.