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MOF-3D - 3D Printing with Super Adsorbent Materials

MOF‑polymer materials that can be used in additive manufacturing to directly fabricate complex 3D structures with functional surfaces

Background

Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) have great potential in applications such as gas storage and separation, hydrogen fuel cells, catalysis, carbon capture and drug delivery / biomedical imaging. However handling and fabrication of MOF components can be a challenge as most MOFs exist in powder form and have to be either compressed into pellets, embedded in a polymer matrix or coated onto a scaffold structure. These approaches either require handling of nanoscale powders with the health and safety challenges this brings, additional manufacturing or processing steps or in the case of embedding in a polymer matrix loss of porosity / adsorbtion capacity. The University of Exeter’s technology addresses these challenges by combining MOF’s with 3D printable polymers in such a

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