MOFs: A potential world-changer

Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are a relatively new class of nanotechnology materials suitable to a broad range of industrial processes. MOFs are, for instance, very well suited for storing and transportation of gases, separation of gases, water absorption, catalysis or even adsorption cooling and drug delivery. MOFs have been given immense interest the last couple of years due to its great potental.

ProfMOF is currently working on bringing excellent MOFs to the market. In order to do so, we partner up with different industry actors to develop and test our MOFs.


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Would you like to test our MOFs?

As we continuously identify new uses and applications for Metal Organic Frameworks, testing and verification become increasingly important. ProfMOF is open for collaboration with industry about testing MOF-materials in applications. We believe that you can increase your competitive advantage by using MOFs instead of other adsorption materials and we will be willing to functionalize MOFs according to your requirements.

Examples could be adsorption cooling, electronics, gas storage, air purification and much more.


Contact managing director: and please include information about your industry, your company and your requirements.


ProfMOF project awarded 12,5 million NOK from the Norwegian Research Council

One of the largest allocations ever made by the council’s FORNY programme

With over 30 applicants applying for the FORNY2020 funding, ProfMOF is proud to announce that we have received a 12,5 million NOK award from the Norwegian Research Council for our development project. One of the largest allocations ever made. ProfMOF’s ambition is to verify the technology and markets for large-scale production and industrial utilization of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), an advanced class of nanoporous materials.

“We are very pleased that we were among the applicants that was granted the funding. It symbolizes the vast market potential our products represent. The funding will allow us to fast-track our purpose, that is, providing our products for industrial processes,” said Svein-Olav Torø, Managing Director.  

Cutting-edge materials

Today’s MOFs are developed to ensure exceptional thermal, chemical, and mechanical stability. Making them very well suited to a broad array of industrial processes. A major concern about utilizing MOFs have earlier been their poor stability. This is now history. The new class of MOFs will most certainly change how the world conducts its operations within various industries.

MOFs can be useful in industries involved in storing and transportation of gases, absorption or separation of substances or even various methods of catalytic reactions.

“MOFs can, for instance, be used in processes involving high drug loadings or storage of gases. MOFs can absorb and release large amounts of substances due to their large surface-areas, which makes them exceptional enablers for increased storage capacity,” said Sachin Maruti Chavan, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder.

“MOFs enables more gas to be stored in tanks with the same volume at the same pressure,” Chavan highlights.

Revolutionary, isn’t it? But that’s not all, these are just a few examples of the versatile range of processes MOFs can be utilized.

Strong interest

In recent years, the MOF-material have received strong academic interest, mostly due to its unique properties: stability, cost effectiveness, and functionality. With funding from the Norwegian Research Council, the ProfMOF project is able to further develop and commercialize MOF-materials.

“ProfMOF works closely with our partners; the University of Oslo, Inven2, and Kongsberg Innovasjon. Together we will verify the production process, product, and market. Our goal is to make the MOF-material investor-ready,” Torø explained.

Innovation is key

The main focus moving forward will be to establish a production line, initiatives to reduce production costs, providing MOF samples, increase production parameters, as well as verifying the market potential.

“Innovation is in our nature, we will strive towards an even advanced product and seek improvements in every possible way,” said Karl Petter Lillerund, professor and co-founder.

The FORNY2020 programme distributed a total of 100 million NOK in this funding round. The programme is established to ensure that research and development results from publicly-funded research institutions are brought to the market.

MOFs go green

The integration of MOFs into industrial relevant processes marks the shift towards green chemistry

Over the past 15 years, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) has been the subject of intense efforts in research and development, both in the laboratory and on the industrial scale. Why? Because, scientists believe the material can be developed for use in a variety of industrial processes. The challenge, however, has been a lack of clean and sustainable methods to develop the MOF-material. This is now history. A safe, environmental-friendly synthesis method has now been reported to be successful.

«The new method uses water instead of solvent to synthesize MOFs, which is a greener and much more sustainable way of producing the MOF-material,» said Sachin Maruti Chavan, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder.  

Greener and safer methods

The greener route of synthesis is developed by scientists at the University of Oslo and uses water instead of N,N Dimethylformamide (DMF), also known as solvent, to synthesize Zr-based MOFs. This green synthesis of MOFs is developed with respect to the environment, reactant choice and the synthesis design. Water is used as the reaction medium and therefore the synthesis is mindful of sustainability and environmental impact.

“This new method of synthesizing MOFs symbolizes how green chemistry and sustainability can be compatible with the requirements of industrial production,” Chavan highlights.

A Breakthrough

What does this mean? Well, with scientists being able to produce and manufacture the MOF-material in an environmental-friendly way, it means that companies like ProfMOF are able to fast-track the process of commercializing its products.

“We are now able to synthesize MOFs using water, which means the development of this synthesis is a measure breakthrough in the commercialization of MOFs,” said Svein-Olav Torø, Managing Director.

The future is now 

With a green and environmental-friendly synthesis method, one would think that commercialization is just around the corner. However, the new method of synthesizing MOFs is still under development and scientists needs to test the MOF-material for further development. The good news though, is that scientists are now one step closer and one chance greater at achieving the goal of making the product investor-ready and, hence, commercialize the unique and world-changing product for future utilization.

ProfMOF presents at EuroMOF2015

The latest and greatest within the field of MOFs

ProfMOF was invited to the EuroMOF2015 conference in Berlin to present and discuss the most recent progress in porous polymers and Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). The conference is hosted and organized by DECHEMA, The Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in Germany, and brings both academia and the industry together to discuss functional materials and markets.

Tremendous progress

The EuroMOF2015 is the first European conference on MOFs and porous polymers and experts from all over the world are present to discuss the tremendous progress in the development of such materials. The focus has shifted from a more academic point of view to industrial interest and EuroMOF2015 brings both scientists and the industry together.

The past, present and future of MOFs

Topics range from design and synthesis of porous materials to in-depth investigations of the formation of MOFs and potential applications for the material. Several topics will focus on the new MOF-material developed by scientists at the University of Oslo, UiO-66. Karl Petter Lillerud, professor and co-founder of ProfMOF, is part of the committee and will present his work within the field.

“By bringing experts from academia and people from the industry together to discuss the development of these materials and its potential, you are able to fast-forward the process of commercialization of MOFs,” Lillerud explained.

“There has never been a better time for highlighting the huge potential of porous materials like MOFs,” Lillerud added.

Testing is Critical

Moving forward, the testing of these materials is a critical importance before we can see the utilization of the products in industrial processes. At the EuroMOF2015 this subject will be an ongoing one. New techniques to fabricate MOFs are still under development but one thing is for sure, the material will continue to be improved and some day it will change how the world conducts its industrial processes such as separation of gases, absorption and methods of catalytic reactions.

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