College Station, TX (March X, 2012) framergyTM, which was recently accepted into the Texas A&M Science Business Accelerator, has teamed up with engineers from the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP), a NASA and State of Texas funded initiative designed to speed the transfer of knowledge and technology of the U.S. Space Program to small businesses, to propel commercialization of its proprietary energy-storing Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), the most porous material known to man. framergy is focused on commercializing a new class of MOFs created at Texas A&M University in the laboratory of Dr. Hong-Cai "Joe" Zhou, an accomplished leader in the MOF category.
framergyTM and SATOP will be working to condense these highly porous materials for use in vehicular natural gas (methane) storage and other gas storage systems. The goal of the project is to create an effective method for condensing powders of these materials while maintaining microporosity. By complimenting work done at Texas A&M University to develop advanced porous materials, an engineered solution to enhance packing density will help bring an efficient methane storage system for vehicular use within reach.
According to framergyTM Executive Director Jason Mathew Ornstein, "The primary challenge facing the development of absorbed gas technologies for vehicular fuel systems lies in the volumetric storage capacity of porous materials." By working with SATOP, framergyTM will optimize the packing density of MOFs without destroying the microporosity of individual MOF crystallites. framergyTM founder, Dr. Zhou, is a leader in the design of methane absorption materials, such as MOFs, which could reduce the need for expensive multi-stage gas compressors and dangerous pressurized gas cylinders on vehicles which operate with Natural Gas. framergyTM estimates that once complete, this project would be immediately implemented into design specifications for an idealized nat
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