Energy storage: Improving batteries and supercapacitors

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The depletion of fossil fuels has created the necessity for alternative power sources, renewable energy sources are intermittent by nature. Therefore, the utilization of renewable sources requires energy storage devices for the usage of the electricity generated. Metal ion batteries (Na, Li, and K) and supercapacitors have raised as the most promising energy storage technologies. However, some aspect of these devices needs to improve like service lifetime, energy density, and safety. Read More

Electronic Devices: Application of Metal-Organic Frameworks

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Material components of electronics are a fundamental part of the manufacturing of small devices. The miniaturization trend in electronic devices extends to the point of molecular-scale functionality in the nanometer scale. To stay in this road manufacturers require materials that can also be an integral part of the device, having several functions. Read More

How MOF sensors work

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Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are a novel and exciting platform for sensing technology. Among its applications, we can find the detection of toxic gases, explosives, water pollutants, and biomolecules such as DNA. The variety of molecules detected requires different properties of the sensing material. Therefore, these sensors work under several working principles giving sensors in four categories:

Each principle is described in detail in the following sections and we briefly go over the advantage of MOFs for sensing applications compared to other materials. Read More

Metal-Organic Framework: a versatile platform for sensing technology

By | Cleanrooms, Semiconductors, Sensing Application | No Comments
The detection of compounds with sensors has broad applications, from common ones like the blood glucose sensor (for diabetes control) to the detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to monitor air quality in the industrial work environment. In the sensing technology, the desirable characteristics in a sensor are high sensitivity, selectivity, quick response time, stability, reusability, and low cost. In most cases, existing technology is limited by their detection limit or low reliability, to improve these features the necessity of new materials has increased the research in this area in the last decades. This blog is dedicated to describing a new class of materials, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), which have shown promising results on different sensor applications.
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Metal-organic framework as adsorption material for gas separations

Comparison of Zeolites vs. MOFs for gas separations

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Gas separation processes have a great impact on the current needs of human society including medical, environmental, energy and high-value chemicals necessities. Some of the most popular applications for these gas processes are CO2 capture, natural gas sweetening, O2 purification, hydrogen recovery, and noble gas separation. When talking about gas separation, zeolite-based materials may pop-up in your mind. No wonder, they have been used for this purpose over the last four decades. But newer materials could outperform them. Read More