Platforms

NuMat designs and integrates molecularly engineered materials into product and process platforms that provide novel solutions to seemingly intractable problems. These platforms excel at providing systems for purification and separation, storage and delivery, and new material discovery. With a unique workflow, we have reduced idea-to-product commercialization cycles and created new high-value markets across a variety of sectors, from microelectronics and life sciences to industrial and defense.

Pioneering a Novel Group of Materials

NuMat specializes in the design, application, and system integration of a class of highly programmable nanoporous materials called metal organic frameworks, or MOFs. These 3-D structures consist of nano-sized metallic clusters with organic molecules linking them. MOFs have a very rigid, uniform, and precise arrangement of atoms that enables our engineers to approach problems with new, precisely tailored solutions at the molecular level. From harvesting life-sustaining resources, to capturing or destroying life-threatening ones, MOFs are molecular powerhouses for addressing a range of societal challenges.

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Purify and Separate

Enabling Impossible Separations

NuMat scientists and engineers can design and program MOFs to have ultra-selective interactions with target molecules allowing them to separate and purify gases, liquids, and chemicals at an unparalleled level. This is increasingly critical in the microelectronics, life science, and industrial sectors, in which purity requirements are rising and incumbent separation technologies are at their limits. With MOFs, NuMat is able to remove seemingly impossible-to-remove impurities, dramatically improving process economics and performance across a variety of separation system platforms. In doing so, NuMat can convert low-value chemicals into high-value end-products at a fraction of the cost, or achieve the coveted last 9th percent of purity in applications where performance matters.

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Capture and Release

Breaking Ceilings

NuMat has a large palette from which to engineer highly tuned, high-performance materials. With millions of different possible structures, MOFs offer unique selectivity and specificity for capturing, storing, and delivering molecules -- from gases and enzymes to liquids and therapeutics. MOFs have a wide range of pore sizes, allowing them to adsorb more. One of our materials has the highest reported surface area to date: 1 gram of this material, when unfolded, would cover over 1.5 football fields. This surface area enables our technology to soak up molecules like a bath sponge soaks up water.

For storing gases, NuMat’s ION-X cylinders not only have high-capacity but also adsorb to the gas molecules less strongly than in their non-MOF competitors – yielding more gas in a more constant stream as the cylinder empties and reaches lower pressures. By reducing compression requirements, our technology enables significant form factor innovation and improved safety, fundamentally changing how gases are stored, transported, and delivered. It also offers potential future solutions.

For example, in the microelectronics industry, new and varied gases are now available that are enabling the creation of smaller chips with more power. However, these gases are often unstable and require dilution for lithography and atomic layer deposition in vertical dimensions. MOFs offer a better solution: They can provide a perfect protective scaffold to reduce this decomposition without dilution, thus improving purity of the gases at their end-use.

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Rising to Emerging Challenges

NuMat is pioneering the development of MOF-integrated systems for a wide range of emerging applications, including catalysis, pharmaceuticals, sensors, and textiles. As in other applications, these new areas leverage the high surface area, unique chemical tunability, and unparalleled stability of MOFs to create entirely new materials.

For example, by carefully selecting the metal node and organic connectors, NuMat’s team is designing a new class of conductive MOFs. The ability to interface conductive MOFs with other materials has exciting applications in sensors and supercapacitors. In an entirely different application, the pharmaceutical industry, we are working to synthesize MOFs at the nanoscale from non-toxic components for controlled and targeted delivery of drugs, enzymes, and genetic information. And in yet another example of merging new materials enabled by our technology, MOFs can serve as new platforms for catalytic reactions. With their high surface area and crystalline structure, MOFs can host different catalytic species, such as metal nanoparticles, homogeneous small molecule catalysts. Such MOF-based systems could facilitate catalytic reactions that are currently not possible.

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