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DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL MEMBRANE FOR EXTRACTION OF OXYGEN FROM AIR

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
2610
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2610
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BEND RESEARCH, INC.
64550 RESEARCH RD BEND, OR 97701
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL MEMBRANE FOR EXTRACTION OF OXYGEN FROM AIR
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $217,000.00
 

Abstract:

VIRTUALLY ALL POLYMERIC MEMBRANES ARE MORE PERMEABLE TO OXYGEN THAN TO NITROGEN. IN CURRENT COMMERCIAL MEMBRANES THE RATIO OF OXYGEN TO NITROGEN PERMEABILITIES IS BETWEEN 2 AND 5. WITH THESE LOW SELECTIVITIES, THE HIGHEST-PURITY OXYGEN-ENRICHED AIR OBTAINABLE IN A SINGLE MEMBRANE STAGE ISABOUT 50%-AND MORE TYPICALLY, MEMBRANE PROCESSES MAKE 30 TO 35% OXYGEN. THIS PROPOSAL ADDRESSES THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW TYPE OF MEMBRANE THAT SHOULD EXHIBIT AN OXYGEN-OVER-NITROGEN SELECTIVITY OF AS HIGH AS 70, LEADING TO A MEMBRANE PROCESS THAT CAN PRODUCE OXYGEN AT A PURITY OFGREATER THAN 95% IN A SINGLE STAGE. FURTHERMORE, PRELIMNARYCALCULATIONS SHOW THAT FOR A 10-TON-PER-DAY PLANT, THE MEMBRANE PROCESS SHOULD PRODUCE OXYGEN AT A COST OF $10/TON COMPARED WITH A COST OF ABOUT $90/TON FOR MERCHANT OXYGEN AND $50/TON FOR OXYGEN PRODUCED VIA ABSORPTION. THE MEMBRANE TO BE DEVELOPED WILL CONSIST OF A THIN FILM OF A NOVEL INTERFACIAL POLYMER ON A MICROPOROUS SUPPORT. PHASE IIS AIMED AT PRODUCING SUCH A MEMBRANE AND DEMONSTRATING HIGHOXYGEN SELECTIVITY AND PERMEABILITY.

Principal Investigator:

Walter C Babcock
Vice President
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Bend Research Inc.
64550 Research Rd Bend, OR 97701

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No