Dr Andrew Marsden

The problem

Traditional methods for storing and transporting gas require either compression or liquefaction - both of which are energy intensive and costly.

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The solution

Dr Andrew Marsden founded his company, Immaterial, to commercialise a new technology for gas storage and separation. The technology makes it easy for gas to be stored at lower pressures leading to significant savings in cost.

Every year hundreds of billions of pounds are spent on storing, separating, and transporting gases using traditional technologies. Immaterial’s solution uses porous materials called metal-organic frameworks (MOF) that enable gas to be adsorbed and separated at the molecular level.

While MOFs have been around for many years, they are unusable in their natural, powdered form and it has been a challenge to find ways to use them on an industrial scale. Immaterial’s patented technology shapes MOF into marble-sized pellets, called ‘monoliths’, that can be used on an industrial scale where performance and mechanical stability are critical.

Launched in 2015, Immaterial works with customers to bring its solutions to a range of sectors including in power plants where it can be used as a cost-effective way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Traction

  • 2018: awarded a £2,000,000 grant from Innovate UK to continue work on the scale up of its technology
  • 2016: awarded a £55,000 grant from the EPSRC to research how its materials can be developed for the storage of biogas
  • 2016: awarded a £300,000 grant from Innovate UK to support the scale up of its technology

Andrew was awarded a 2016 Enterprise Fellowship to support him in growing his company, Immaterial.

 

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