MOL PLUS to Invest in Atomis

~ Creating New Value, Using New Material—Metal-Organic Frameworks ~

 TOKYO-MOL PLUS(Representative: Takuya Sakamoto; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo) todayannounced that it will invest in Atomis Inc. (President & CEO: Daisuke Asari; Headquarters: Kyoto-city, Kyoto), which develops new high-performance materials using Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF).

Atomis’ visionstatement is “We provide innovative global solutions for precisely controllinggases.” It has pioneered a unique synthesis method to manufacture high-quality, low-cost MOF, and aims to offer new value in various markets by expanding applications using MOF.

The investment by MOL PLUS will contribute to thegrowth of environment-related businesses such as CO2 separation andconversion and energy-related enterprises such as the next-generationhigh-pressure gas cylinder CubiTan®, which Atomis aims to implement in society. MOL PLUS also plans a proactive move to create a business alliance linking Atomis and the MOL Group. Along with this investment, Atomis and MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. have agreed to pursue joint studies on the use of hydrogen in transport modes such as vessels, and applications of MOF in establishing a hydrogen supply chain for vessels.

MOL PLUS continually works to generate synergeticeffects based on startups’ innovative ideas and technologies and the MOLGroup’s resources through investment in and collaboration with startups, aimingto create new businesses that “PLUS new value to the ocean shippingindustry and society.” 

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<AboutMetal-Organic Frameworks (MOF)>

MOF, alsocalled porous coordination polymer (PCP), are materials covered with countlessuniformly sized microscopic pores, giving 1 gram of the material on the surfacearea equivalent to a soccer pitch. 

MOF can change the size of these holes and adjust the properties of thematerial through different combinations of metal ions and organic ligands,specifically, enabling them to absorb gas and low molecular weight compounds and add various functions such as separation, synthesis, catalyst, ionconduction, electrical conduction, and drug delivery.

Taking advantage of these characteristics, MOF can store substances withlighter-weight, lower-pressure than conventional materials, and can be applied toCO2 separation and conversion. That means it has enormous potentialin contributing to a broad range of industries including environment- and energy-related fields.    

What are porous coordination polymers(PCP)/MOF? 

Porous coordination polymers (PCP) are also called organometallicstructures (MOF), in which the metal and the organic compound have regularityand continuously form a three-dimensional structure, and the porosity controlled at the nano level is achieved.  

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 (Source: Atomis Inc.)

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