Metal organic frameworks: what challenges and opportunities?

This data-file reviews twenty patents from 2020 into metal organic frameworks, an exciting class of materials which could reduce the energy penalties of CO2-separation by c80% and reduce the ultimate cost from $50-100/ton to $15-30/ton.

The challenge is finding MOFs that are stable and water-resistant, then synthesizing them in continuous, mass-scale processes that do not require expensive solvents.

ExxonMobil has made the most visible recent progress. The data-file also captures smaller-stage companies with interesting patents in 2020.

Also included in the data-file are our notes from technical papers and a simple economic model.