Advanced, nanoporous materials targeting specific pollutants.

Advanced functional materials lie at the forefront of chemical research. A particularly active area of research within the field is porous materials, due to the wide range of applications. Traditionally, materials with poor control over the porosity such as activated carbon have been used. However, we are currently at a turning point in the research of porous materials. In the past 30 years massive leaps in our understanding of how porosity can form in materials have been made and CageCapture is utilising this research to enrich our environment and industrial processes.

What are Cages?

Cages are really quite simple and their name hints at how they function. Each cage molecule has a central cavity void that is accessed through ‘windows’, to act as a molecular prison. The resulting materials, has a surface area similar to that of several tennis courts in a single gram. Moreover, specific chemical functionalities contained within the cage structure imbue the cage with particular properties that allow the cage molecule to do things that activated carbon cannot.

Cages can be designed to have specific functions, like removing pollutants from the air, separate racemic mixtures, remove radioisotopes from the environment and even separate noble gases!