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A Plastic that Sucks Carbon Dioxide Out of the Air - The First Porous Organic Polymer Sold to the Public

Texas – In September 2018, framergy, Inc., in collaboration with Texas A&M University (TAMU), made their newest adsorbent, AYRSORB™ P151, available to the public through STREM Chemicals, recording its first sale in the same month.  framergy is best known as the first Metal Organic Framework company.  AYRSORB™ P151 is a Porous Organic Polymer, or POP, based on designs from Dr. Hongcai Joe Zhou at TAMU. This marks the first known sale of this class of materials. 

The field of porous adsorbents has become especially popular owing to the increase in energy consumption and the push for alternative technologies involving the capture of gases. Porous Organic Polymers (POPs) are particularly exciting because of improved environmental performance, weight and potential cost.  In fact, AYRSORB™ P151 can pull carbon dioxide directly out of the air.  But until now, these martials were impossible to scale and had huge costs owing to expensive manufacturing procedures. These problems were solved by framergy with the launch of AYRSORB™ P151as a uniform product available to public. 

AYRSORB™ P151 was designed by the Zhou Group and published as PPN-151-DETA.   The formulation is based on porous organic resins that have been loaded with liquid amine, diethylenetriamine (DETA). The effect of this patented amine loading of a POP is the creation of a solid, light weight material which has a huge affinity for carbon dioxide.  The adsorbent demonstrated shocking carbon dioxide uptake at a wide range of pressures, including recording the highest carbon dioxide uptake of any solid sorbent (21 wt%). When left exposed to air, the material collects carbon dioxide at levels lower than 400 parts per million (PPM), making it the ideal candidate to process atmospheric carbon dioxide in a burgeoning sector called direct air capture. 

As a sub-awardee to TAMU under a Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), framergy was able to demonstrate kilogram level of production of AYRSORB™ P151. The DOE grant was made to identify and integrate new materials for carbon capture technology being piloted at US electricity generation facilities. These sorbents are capable of capturing 90 percent of carbon dioxide from low concentration flue gas while reducing the energy required for carbon capture by up to 75 percent of the state of the art. Gregory Day, a scientist in the Zhou Group explained the product as being “the next step in flue gas capture sorbents, giving efficient capture of high purity CO2 at an affordable price.” 

This breakthrough removes key obstacles to energy and pollution reform and has major implications for the fossil fuel sector searching for cost-effective gas separations.   According to company Chief Operating Officer, Ray Ozdemir, “Scientists and engineers can now inexpensively buy AYRSORB™ P151 for CO2 testing or any of the endless applications POPs are tested for.”  The Company is also using the materials for novel rebreather systems which can be equipped in submarines and space crafts.




About Strem Chemicals, Inc. 

Strem Chemicals, Inc., established in 1964, is a privately held manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals of high purity. Strem’s key products include catalysts, ligands, organometallics, metal carbonyls, CVD/ALD precursors and nanomaterials. Its products are used for research and development and commercial scale applications, especially in the pharmaceutical, microelectronics, chemicals and petrochemicals industries. Strem Chemicals also provides custom synthesis, process development and cGMP manufacturing services. Strem is an ISO 9001 certified company. For more information, visit


About framergy 

framergy, founded in 2011, was the first company in the world to focus solely on products from coordination chemistry. AYRSORB™ is a line of adsorbents based on Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and Porous Organic Polymers (POPs), collectively coordination polymers, and inspired by innovations from the labs of Hongcai ‘Joe’ Zhou and Christian Serre.  The Company uses its enabling materials in partnerships with industry to create new applications, with a focus on Oil & Gas solutions. Internationally-protected intellectual property rights strategically bundle framergy’s technology in order to provide sorbents as a reliable, high-volume, high-quality, low cost product. Visit the framergy website at:


About Texas A&M Research 

As one of the world's leading research institutions, Texas A&M is in the vanguard in making significant contributions to the storehouse of knowledge, including that of science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M represents annual expenditures of more than $820 million. That research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting in many cases in economic benefits to the state, nation and world. To learn more, visit



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