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novoMOF focuses on the development, the production and the commercialization of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). These highly porous adsorbents offer competitive solutions to global problems such as carbon capture, water scarcity, and food waste.

OUR TECHNOLOGY

A core focus of novoMOF is Carbon Capture

We’re pioneering a revolutionary solution to fight CO₂ emissions using Metal-Organic Frameworks, or MOFs. Our materials are a game-changer for both the climate and businesses.

Join us in creating a greener, more sustainable future. Reach out to novoMOF today to empower your business success with CO₂ capture.

Solution Process

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SELECTION

Your business challenges drive us in the identification of the right MOFs.

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SYNTHESIS

You receive synthesized MOFs at the highest quality.

You can test them for your application.

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OPTIMIZATION

You benefit from support in optimizing the performance of your process.

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PRODUCTION

You leverage your commercial application with us, your trusted supply partner.

We scale production according to your needs from grams to tons.

WHY US

VALUE-FOCUSED

You leverage the added value from MOFs for your business success.

HIGH-QUALITY

You benefit from high-quality MOFs, application-specific performance data, and on-target program execution.

EXPERTISE

You gain access to cutting-edge MOF technology and the latest developments from our expert team.

SCALABLE

You leverage our MOF innovation from the laboratory to industrial scale.

INNOVATIVE

You benefit from the fastest growing material class that has ever existed in chemistry.

Network

You gain access to leading MOF researchers and market players.
Daniel Steitz
Founder & CEO
Timo Steitz
Co-Founder & Strategic Business Development
Alessandro Brevi
Business Development Manager
Cristina Lendvai
Marketing Director
Anna Chomiak
Application Engineer
Ewa Banach
Materials Specialist

TESTIMONIALS

In our syngas conversion development efforts at Dow we have been investigating MOFs as catalyst precursors. In order to evaluate and compare our internal

Matthijs Ruitenbeek

– Senior R&D Manager The Dow Chemical Company

As the chief scientific officer, I am always scouting for new technology platforms to improve our products at Silent-Power AG. I’ve met novoMOF at a conference in

Dr. Reto Holzner

– Chief Scientific Officer econimo DRIVE

I had the opportunity to work with novoMOF AG on the scale up of one of our MOFs. Their production of a high-quality MOF at kilogram scale,

Dr. Omar M. Yaghi.

– Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

novoMOF is a reliable partner for any organization seeking to scale up their metal-organic frameworks. As the principal investigator of our Atmospheric

David R. Moore, Ph.D.

– GE Research Executive Manager, Carbon Capture Technology Leader

Recent Posts

novoMOF Blog Blog about Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), their application and related industries.

  • Carbon Capture: Learning From the Past
    on May 23, 2024 at 10:40 am

    Throughout history, humanity has faced environmental challenges, each of which has provided valuable insights into our quest for sustainable coexistence with the planet. These environmental challenges have given us hints to tackling new ones. As we face the pressing issue of climate change caused by CO2 pollution, we must apply the lessons learned to develop solutions that address the root causes of emissions and reduce their impact. This blog discusses the role of carbon capture technologies in mitigating climate change. Learning from Past Environmental Challenges Mankind faces a spectrum of environmental challenges, many of which are directly related to human activity. From the devastation caused by acid rain and the hole in the ozone layer to the ubiquitous presence of plastic pollution in the oceans and the ongoing crisis of climate change caused by CO2 emissions, these issues highlight the impact of human actions on the planet.  Acid rain, caused primarily by emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, has been mitigated through a combination of regulatory enforcement and reductions in emissions of the chemicals that cause it. Regulations limit emissions by issuing allowances to power plants or companies, while further reductions are achieved through the use of scrubbers to capture sulfur and nitrogen compounds before they are released into the air. The use of catalytic converters in fossil-fuel vehicles also helps reduce emissions of chemicals that cause acid rain. The ozone hole issue has also been mitigated and the atmosphere is recovering. Ozone depletion was caused by the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in aerosols and refrigerants, which react with ozone and cause it to break down. Similar to the problem of acid rain, the damage to the ozone layer was mitigated by the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, which phased out substances harmful to the ozone layer. In addition, CFCs were replaced with hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are less reactive with ozone than CFCs. Ultimately, the key takeaway from past environmental management successes is the importance of proactive and decisive action. By learning from our successes and applying similar strategies to unresolved challenges, we can work toward a more sustainable future. This will require political will, technological innovation, and individual responsibility to make meaningful change. Tackling Unresolved Challenges  

  • The sweet spot of MOFs for carbon capture
    on April 25, 2024 at 10:51 am

    Whilst global energy needs increase year after year and the quest for sustainable energy solutions is more pressing than ever, carbon capture technologies have emerged as indispensable tools in the fight against climate change. Traditional methods for carbon capture such as amine scrubbing are effective but energy-intensive and costly. As an emerging technology platform, the utilization of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) presents a revolutionary approach with the potential to significantly impact emissions reduction across various industries. Carbon Capture Technologies Carbon capture can be categorized into three categories based on CO2 concentration: Direct Air Capture at 420 ppm or 0.04 vol.% CO2 Post-combustion capture ranging between 1-20 vol.% CO2 Highly concentrated CO2 sources (biogas upgrading, steel production, etc.) with >20 vol.% CO2 Finding the Sweet Spot for MOF-based Adsorption  MOFs are crystalline materials consisting of metal ions or clusters connected by organic ligands, forming porous microstructures with high surface areas. MOFs present an attractive alternative due to their high selectivity, tunable pore structures, and low energy requirements for regeneration. The key to unlocking the full potential of MOFs for carbon capture lies in optimizing their properties to achieve the perfect balance between capacity, selectivity, and stability. Some strategies to tailor MOFs for enhanced CO2 adsorption include: Operational conditions for MOF-based systems vary depending on the specific application and the chosen adsorption process. MOFs have demonstrated effectiveness across a range of temperature, pressure, and CO2 concentration conditions. For instance, they have been successfully utilized in various adsorption processes such as Temperature Swing Adsorption (TSA), Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA), Vacuum Pressure Swing Adsorption (VPSA), and Temperature and Vacuum Swing Adsorption (TVSA). The table below shows typical conditions used in the above adsorption methods: These processes allow for tailored adjustments in operating conditions to achieve optimal performance. It's essential to consider the suitability of MOFs across different processes and conditions to maximize their effectiveness in CO2 capture applications. Stability and Regeneration: Ensuring the long-term stability and recyclability of MOFs is crucial for practical applications. MOFs with robust frameworks can withstand harsh operating conditions, such as high temperatures and chemical exposure. Additionally, designing MOFs with facile regeneration pathways enables efficient desorption and regeneration, minimizing energy consumption and operational costs. Functionalization: Introducing functional groups into MOF structures can enhance affinity and selectivity towards CO2. Functionalization allows the chemical interactions between the MOF surface and other molecules to be fine-tuned, leading to enhanced adsorption properties. Common functional groups include amino, hydroxyl, and carboxyl groups, which can form strong interactions with CO2 via chemisorption or physisorption mechanisms.  Pore Size Engineering: Controlling the size and geometry of pores within MOFs is crucial for maximizing carbon dioxide uptake. By precisely controlling the dimensions of the pores, researchers can optimize the adsorption capacity while minimizing diffusion limitations. Recent advancements in synthetic techniques have enabled the design of MOFs with tailored pore architectures, leading to significant improvements in carbon capture performance. Stability and Regeneration: Ensuring the long-term stability and recyclability of MOFs is crucial for practical applications. MOFs with robust frameworks can withstand harsh operating conditions, such as high temperatures and chemical exposure. Additionally, designing MOFs with facile regeneration pathways enables efficient desorption and regeneration, minimizing energy consumption and operational costs.    Success Story of MOF-Based Adsorption Technology Recent academic and industrial research has demonstrated the ability of MOF-based adsorption technology to capture CO2 from low-to-moderate concentration sources ranging from 1% to 20%, making MOFs particularly well-suited for capturing carbon dioxide from flue gases emitted by industrial processes such as aluminium or cement production as well as the power generation industry. MOFs' selective adsorption properties allow for efficient capture of CO2 even in the presence of other gases, ensuring high purity of captured carbon dioxide for storage or utilization. This successful example of applying the unique tunable properties of MOFs to a specific range of CO2 concentrations demonstrates the potential of MOFs to rise to the challenges posed by our need to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions. In addition to their efficient capture of CO2 from low-to-moderate concentration streams, with their unique properties and versatility, MOFs offer a promising solution for emissions reduction across various industries such as biogas upgrading, natural gas purification, and Direct Air Capture, among others. As we continue to innovate and refine these technologies, further sweet spot applications of MOFs for carbon capture will become increasingly evident, offering hope for a greener, more environmentally conscious future. Please visit our previous blogs to learn more about the other applications and advantages of MOFs.

  • Carbon Utilization and Storage
    on February 6, 2024 at 7:58 pm

    In the ongoing battle against climate change, the concept of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) has emerged as a pivotal solution. Not only does it involve capturing carbon emissions, but it also presents a promising avenue for transforming this captured carbon into valuable resources. This transformative process holds the key to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions while fostering the creation of useful products essential for various industries. In this blog, you will find insights into what can be done once carbon is captured and how adsorption technology can be applied to different areas. Transportation and Storage: Enabling the Transformation      Transporting captured carbon to the facilities where it undergoes transformation demands an efficient infrastructure. Once captured and separated, carbon dioxide transportation is crucial, but current methods pose economic challenges due to pressure losses. The consensus leans towards transporting significant CO2 volumes as a dense phase fluid, preferably in the supercritical state, as it offers energy-efficient conditions due to its gas-like viscosity and liquid-like density. The transport process is divided into onshore and offshore subsets, with options such as pipelines, ships, highways, and railroads for onshore and pipelines and ships for offshore, determined mainly by proximity to storage sites. The most technically developed transport methods are pipelines and transport ships, with road and rail transport being less preferred for large CCS projects. Pipelines are the primary mode of transport, ensuring the safe and efficient movement of captured carbon to locations where it can be processed into valuable products. The final storage step involves three main categories: geological, oceanic, and mineral storage. The most established approach involves underground storage by injecting carbon dioxide into suitable geological formations or specific reservoirs at particular depths. Various geological formations are typically assessed for CO2 storage, including depleted oil and natural gas reservoirs, underutilized oil and gas sites (such as enhanced oil recovery /CO2-EOR and enhanced gas recovery /CO2-EGR sites), deep coal deposits for enhanced coal bed methane (CO2-ECBM), and deep saline aquifers. These locations provide the necessary containment for long-term carbon sequestration; gas sites and saline formations are used commercially. Transforming Captured Carbon: From Burden to Valuables   Captured carbon, often considered an environmental burden, can be repurposed into valuable products. For instance, carbon dioxide can be transformed into synthetic fuels, such as methane or methanol, offering a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Additionally, it serves as a key ingredient in manufacturing chemicals and polymers, pivotal in various industries like pharmaceuticals, plastics, and textiles. The ability to harness this waste and transform it into something beneficial marks a monumental shift in sustainability efforts. Some of the industries which can benefit from carbon transformation are: Energy Sector: Synthetic fuels derived from transformed carbon can revolutionize the energy sector, powering vehicles and industries without adding to carbon emissions. Manufacturing and Chemical Industries: Carbon-derived chemicals form the backbone of numerous manufacturing processes, from producing plastics to pharmaceuticals. Construction Materials: Transforming captured carbon into building materials like cement or aggregates provides sustainable alternatives, reducing the construction industry's carbon footprint. Agriculture and Food Production: Utilizing transformed carbon in agricultural processes, such as enhancing plant growth or creating sustainable fertilizers, could revolutionize food production. Carbon Transportation and Storage with MOFs Adsorption methods, particularly leveraging advanced materials like Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), offer important features relevant to carbon transportation and storage downstream steps. MOFs possess a high surface area and customizable structures, making them ideal for selectively capturing CO2 from mixed gas streams. This capability is crucial in gas separation processes, allowing for the extraction of high-purity CO2 for transportation. Advantages of MOFs in Carbon Transportation and Storage: High Selectivity: MOFs exhibit high selectivity for CO2 molecules and possess impressive storage capacities due to their porous nature, making them efficient in capturing and retaining CO2 during transportation and storage. Tunable Properties: The customizable nature of MOFs enables adjustments in their structures to optimize performance for specific carbon capture, transportation, or storage conditions, enhancing their effectiveness. Versatile Applications: MOFs can be tailored to suit various carbon value chains, providing versatility in their applications across different carbon storage methods and transportation phases. Leveraging adsorption methods, especially with MOFs, presents a promising avenue in the carbon value chain from capture, transportation, storage, or utilization. Their remarkable properties and adaptability offer solutions that address efficiency and selectivity, contributing significantly to advancing carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies. Contribution to a Circular Economy In conclusion, the significance of carbon utilization and storage extends beyond environmental benefits. It fosters a circular economy where waste is transformed into valuable resources, reducing the reliance on finite raw materials. Embracing these practices not only combats climate change but also drives innovation and economic growth. Integrating carbon capture, utilization, and storage into mainstream industries is critical to a sustainable future. As we continue to advance these technologies, we inch closer to a world where carbon emissions are no longer a liability but a resourceful asset in our pursuit of a greener, more prosperous planet. Please visit our previous blogs to learn more.        

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