Tarsis Technology, a University of Cambridge spin out, is developing technology to deliver active ingredients in a more precise and controlled way.
The Company’s technology is based on particles called metal-organic frameworks and has the potential for a wide range of industrial applications. Tarsis is collaborating with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of crop protection products to develop effective ways of delivering agricultural chemicals to improve their effectiveness while minimising their environmental impact.
Metal-organic frameworks are particles combining organic and inorganic building blocks and are highly porous; they can adsorb a relatively large volume of an active ingredient compared to other types of particles.
The problem facing researchers in the past has been controlling the flow of the active ingredient from the particles – because they are porous, the ingredients leak out too quickly.
Tarsis Technology has developed a way of collapsing metal-organic frameworks (MOF) to lock an active ingredient inside the particle. There are many thousands of MOF particles, with different properties, including the rate at which they dissolve. Depending on which one is used, an active ingredient can be released over minutes, days or even months, or in response to climate or environmental changes.
Tarsis was incorporated to develop and commercialise technology created by Dr David Fairen-Jimenez, a Royal Society University Research Fellow and University Lecturer, and his research team at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge