Our core product is underpinned by a deep set of technologies
developed over ten years.
At Lantha we don't want anything to be hidden away. We want you to understand the science
behind our patented technology.
WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
Our company was founded through research into the discovery of new Metal-Organic Frameworks (or MOFs) from Prof. Simon Humphrey's research group at the University of Texas at Austin.
METAL ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS
Metal organic frameworks, or MOFs, are hybrid materials containing metal centers coordinated to organic ligands to form infinite multi-functional polymers. Compared to conventional polymers and porous materials, MOFs generate a large analytical response from a small amount of sample, given that these frameworks intrinsically have high surface area and high metal density.
PHOSPHINE COORDINATION MATERIALS
Phosphine Coordination Materials (PCMs) are a unique subset of MOFs pioneered by the research of Prof. Simon M. Humphrey. Using phosphine-based linkers, we are able to make MOFs with structures and chemical properties that are impossible to obtain using conventional linkers.
LANTHANIDES: RARE EARTH ELEMENTS
Rare earth elements (the lanthanides) are used in a wide range of applications, from electronics, and high-strength magnets to catalysis and chemical sensors.
Our patented MOF material incorporates various emissive lanthanides in different ratios to create sensors for a broad array of chemicals.
PCM-22: A BROAD SCOPE SENSOR
PCM-22 is a highly porous, high surface area, solid-state chemical sensor material containing lanthanide ions and phosphine-based organic linkers. As long as a solvent can permeate the pores of our material, we can sense it.
Upon excitation with UV (ultra-violet) light, our material will luminesce, the color and intensity of this emission is highly dependent on the guest molecules in the pores of the material.
For more information please read: Chem 2017, 2, 579-589.
TRACE CHEMICAL DETECTION
Each chemical bond vibrates at a unique frequency that depends on the elements which make up the bond.
This vibration can interfere with the emission from the lanthanide ions within the MOF, allowing us to identify trace amounts of unwanted chemicals.