Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia

one-step method for the postsynthetic modification of metal-organicframeworks

Posted by Jordi from Institut Català de Nanociència i NanotecnologiaResponsive · Patents for licensing · Spain

Summary of the technology

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are among the most attractive porous materials known today. Their high surface-to-mass ratio makes them extremely useful in many processes, from gas sorption, storage and separation, to catalysis, drug delivery and heat exchange. Typically they are modified post-synthesis (PSM) to optimise their chemical functionality and/or pore surface to a specific application. We propose a new approach to PSM.

Description of the technology

Our researchers have developed a new process for performing PSM MOFs, the spray drying of a MOF and a reagent to form a covalent bond.

The new process requires very short reaction times, mild conditions and is scalable to produce large quantities of modified MOFs. Despite such short reaction time covalent bonds are created with a high conversion efficiency.

What is more, the process allows for obtaining modified MOFs in continuous flow, making the method convenient for large scale industrial production.

Current development status

Laboratory prototypes

Desired business relationship

Patent licensing

Intellectual property status

Patent already applied for
Patent pending

Technology Owner

Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia

Technology Transfer Office

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About Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia

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ICN2 is a highly specialized and renowned research centre. Its research lines focus on the newly discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the fascinating behaviour of matter at the nanoscale. The patrons of ICN2 are the Government of Catalonia, the CSIC and the autonomous University of Barcelona.

The Institute promotes collaboration among scientists from diverse backgrounds (Physics, chemistry, biology, engineering...), to develop basic and applied research, always seeking for interactions with local and global industry. ICN2 also train researchers in nanotechnology, develops an intense activity to facilitate the uptake of nanotechnology in industry and promotes networking among scientists, engineers, technicians, business people, society and policy makers.

The recent discoveries in nanoscience might suppose a change of paradigm in areas as relevant as medicine, energy or microelectronics. The excellence of research developed at ICN2 has an enormous potential to change our everyday life. For this reason the institute is deeply involved in strategic international initiatives such as Graphene Flagship, being one of its nine original promoters.

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