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Queen’s team ‘start the revolution’ by capturing 25k Award

Queen’s team ‘start the revolution’ by capturing 25k Award

Tom Robinson from MOF Technologies pictured with Julie-Ann O’Hare from the main sponsor Bank of Ireland

A team based at Queen’s has won this year’s NISP CONNECT 25k Award for their work in developing a simple but revolutionary new technique to exploit a class of nanomaterials known as Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs).

MOFs are highly porous materials that can store, separate and capture specific gases. They have a range of high-value applications, including natural gas storage in vehicles, carbon capture, catalysis and drug delivery.

The work originated from research by Professor Stuart James in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Through Queen’s spin-out arm QUBIS, the technology has now been commercialised to form a company called MOF Technologies, led by CEO Tom Robinson.

Steve Orr, Director of NISP CONNECT, said: "Congratulations to MOF Technologies for an innovation which shows great commercial potential – this is an exciting time for the team, and for all the category winners and finalists."

Category winners in the 25k Awards, which are sponsored by Bank of Ireland and were presented at a gala ceremony in Titanic Belfast, were:

  • CleanTech: MOF Technologies, Queen’s, sponsored by Dow.
  • Digital Media: I-Innovations, UU, sponsored by Aepona.
  • BioTech:  Expelliere International, Queen’s, sponsored by Warner Chilcott.
  • Hi-Tech:  FireSERT Technologies, UU, sponsored by IBM.

Ciaran McGivern, Head of Business Banking Northern Ireland, Bank of Ireland UK, added: “Developing innovative ideas that have market potential is at the core of Northern Ireland’s mission to create a more vibrant private sector.”

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