BASF achieves commercial-scale production of MOFs for carbon capture

BASF has become the first company to successfully produce metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) on a commercial scale, with an annual production capacity of several hundred tons. MOFs are highly crystalline structures with nanometre-sized pores and a large surface area. These properties make them ideal for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage, air dehumidification for climate control, and greenhouse gas methane adsorption. 

BASF has extensive experience in scaling up MOF production, allowing for tailored solutions to meet customers’ specific requirements across various industries.

A first project has now been successfully completed for Canadian carbon capture and removal solutions provider Svante Technologies Inc. (Svante). The interdisciplinary BASF team of researchers, scale-up experts and engineers worked collaboratively on the scale-up by converting the Svante lab recipe into a safe plant procedure for large scale production.

The MOFs produced will be used as solid sorbents for carbon capture projects. The collaboration with Svante will help to significantly reduce carbon emissions in various industrial sectors including hydrogen, pulp and paper, cement, steel, aluminium and chemicals.

“We are very happy to partner with Svante and to be able to apply our scale-up and production expertise. We are proud to be the first company to produce MOFs successfully on a large commercial scale for carbon capture. The successful effort of our teams in R&D, scale-up and production puts us in a favourable position. Today, we have access to new business opportunities with a strong focus on sustainability based on our MOF production capabilities. MOFs have the potential to be a step change in our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and can bring our partners and their customers closer to reaching their net zero targets,” said Detlef Ruff, Senior Vice President, Process Catalysts at BASF.

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