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CSIRO Manufacturing, Australia
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Organic Chem Curr Res
Looking back over the years from the historical identification of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) as useful new materials to their current nascent commercial life leads us to several lessons in green technology development. MOFs present an attractive means to realize various innovative chemical processes and products. Their potential high activity, selectivity, and regenerability are all important factors that might drive a chemical product or process towards being sustainable. While MOFs have promised to be powerful tools for greening chemistry for many years, commercial success has been slow in developing. The challenges encountered on this journey have stemmed from both the traditional synthetic strategies employed in early production methods as well as instances where conventional macro-scale engineering approaches fall short when applied to high-performance MOF-based products. The presentation will describe some key insights we have had whilst working with MOFs, which have lead to flexible multi-product processes, a sharp turn away from solvents and chemicals with a high sustainability overhead and to orders of magnitude drops in costs of production. Alongside this, we will review some important advances in the field that have influenced our thinking and pushed us to improve our technology.
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