Energy Exploration Technologies Inc. (EnergyX) and ProfMOF are partnering to promote the use of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), a relatively new class of nanotechnology materials suitable in the development of projects involving renewable energy and large scale lithium-ion production and battery storage.
ProfMOF specializes in finding opportunities to merge MOFs and industry leaders. Teague Egan, whose EnergyX uses Metal Organic Frameworks in its Lithium-Ion Transport and Separation technology (LiTAS) (earlier post), in a bid to reduce the environmental impact of lithium mining, believes they are the key to making lithium more cost effective and abundant.
MOFs can separate, transport and isolate specific elements on the ionic level. The material itself is incredibly porous and its chemical properties make it ideal to embed in membranes for very cost-effective separation processes. These MOFs are a dense and malleable material made up of metal nodes such as zirconium or titanium, connected by organic carboxylic ligands, with unbelievable internal surface area and tunable pore sizes, all in a crystalline structure that can target and extract lithium or other salt species from brine.
Based in the US, EnergyX is a technology company focused on scientific innovations in the field of lithium extraction and solid state battery energy storage systems. EnergyX has a mission to become a worldwide leader in the global transition to sustainable energy. The company has identified lithium as a key component to fulfill that goal, and seeks to improve both the extraction and production process along with its production partners.
Founded within the University of Oslo, ProfMOF is one of the leading MOF research and innovation labs in the world. It has nearly two decades of research and development in the field, and its founder, Dr. Karl Petter Lillerud, invented the most important and most cited MOF in the world, UiO-66.