While Benjamin Hernandez was in graduate school at Northwestern University, he met two unique individuals: One was a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering, Christopher Wilmer, and the other a young research faculty member in the department of chemistry, Omar Farha. Their research focused on the application of high-performance computing to design cutting edge nanomaterials called MOFs that could solve complex societal challenges such as carbon capture or energy storage. What united the three was a shared vision of what the future might be if they could successfully commercialize this technology in solving the problems that matter. NuMat was born out of that vision.

Today, NuMat has grown into a leader in the field of molecular manufacturing – designing, building and delivering fully engineered products and systems which are atomically precise. Their work now spans multiple end-markets (electronics, life science, transportation, chemicals, etc.) and process technologies.