NuMat Technologies Partnership to Protect and Sustain Modern Warfighter with Dual-Use Technology

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The modern warfighter is about to get a big upgrade with some tiny but
powerful technology. The U.S. Army Research, Development, and
Engineering Command Chemical and Biological Center (RDECOM C&B Center)
has awarded an initial $9 million contract vehicle to NuMat
Technologies, Inc., to develop and manufacture next-generation materials
that will protect and sustain the warfighter. This investment will
create dual-use technological advancements that will transform the
defense sector, as well as the microelectronics, life science, energy,
and industrial sectors.

“We are excited to bring our state-of-the-art technology to the
warfighter, including advanced toxic industrial chemical filtration,
purification, and abatement,” says Benjamin Hernandez, founder and CEO
of NuMat. “NuMat’s unique materials and processes will provide
unparalleled protection and support in the field while also creating new
capabilities for the future.”

As new threats emerge from unknown toxic agents, new tools are necessary
for the warfighter. Often the first on the ground after a release of
toxic chemicals, members of the military require state-of-the-art
technology that will filter out toxins and aid with cleanup after an
event.

A novel group of nanoporous materials called metal organic frameworks,
or MOFs, provide innovative solutions for reinventing gas masks,
breathing apparatus, and other key gear necessary for protecting and
sustaining the warfighter. Highly programmable, MOFs have much higher
surface areas for adsorption of toxic chemicals than incumbent
technologies.

“RDECOM C&B Center prides itself on being the forefront of protecting
our warfighter and our nation from chemical or biological attacks,” says
Ms. Suzanne Milchling, Director of Engineering. “Our continued mission
is to support our nation though such innovative research and
development.”

NuMat is the first company in the world to commercialize MOFs, applying
them first in the electronics and specialty gas sectors. Their use in
gas masks and other defense technology would be a first for MOFs, and
the new partnership represents a significant investment in the
cutting-edge nanomaterials.

“We have already demonstrated that particular MOFs are highly effective
at reacting with toxic gases, such as nerve agents and toxic industrial
chemicals, at the lab scale,” says Mr. Greg Peterson, a Research
Chemical Engineering within RDECOM C&B Center. “Now our goal is to
integrate these materials into a variety of fielded items across the
chemical and biological defense commodity area.”

With the new funding, NuMat will be building the world’s first
dedicated, commercial-scale manufacturing site for MOFs and a
state-of-the art application development lab for next-generation
filtration and purification technologies. The goal is to expand NuMat’s
domestic manufacturing capabilities and to decrease the unit costs for
MOFs.

The same filtration technology that will protect the warfighter in the
field can be leveraged to provide superior filtration technology across
industries. The microelectronics, life sciences, and industrial sectors,
for example, all require cutting-edge purification and abatement
technology for many of the same gases and chemicals in the defense
sector.

“NuMat is broadening the impact of MOFs through new and innovative
applications,” says Omar Farha, founder of NuMat and Professor at
Northwestern University. “Entering the defense market will provide new
protection for the modern warfighter while expanding the research and
capabilities for this exciting area of materials science.”

About NuMat

NuMat Technologies, Inc., is a U.S. technology company innovating at the
intersection of high-performance computing, chemistry, and engineered
systems. The company works with leading partners in the
microelectronics, life-sciences, defense, industrial, and energy sectors
to design, build, and deliver molecularly engineered products and
systems. NuMat is a recognized pioneer in the field of metal-organic
frameworks — MOFs — an emerging class of nanoporous materials. Learn
more at: www.numat-tech.com

About RDECOM C&B Center

The U.S. Army RDECOM C&B Center is the primary Department of Defense
(DoD) technical organization for non-medical CB defense. For over 100
years, RDECOM C&B Center has been a unique national asset in the
research, development, engineering, and sustainment of the equipment and
support our warfighters need to complete their missions and return home
safely. The center is a trusted leader in eliminating weapons of mass
destruction to make our nation and world safer. Learn more at: www.ecbc.army.mil

Contacts

Lisa M.P. Munoz
NuMat Technologies
lisamunoz@numat-tech.com
703-307-6141