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Novel Platform for Enhanced Membrane Reactors for Homogeneous Catalysis

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
81186
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
80321S06-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Compact Membrane Systems, Inc.
335 Water Street Newport, DE 19804-2410
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Novel Platform for Enhanced Membrane Reactors for Homogeneous Catalysis
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84529
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Catalysis plays a substantial role in the synthesis of the most U.S. commodity chemicals, with huge implications for energy usage. Membrane reactors have been proposed for a number of these syntheses. However, to be competitive with conventional technologies, membrane reactors must demonstrate better selectivity, permeability, and/or stability. This project will develop a novel platform with key features for broad membrane reactor utilization. These features will offer significant advantages compared to existing membranes (e.g., polyvinyl alcohol) and other unit operations (e.g., molecular sieve dryers). In Phase I, the membrane reactor will be fabricated. A representative homogeneous catalysis system will be selected to demonstrate that the reactor can provide an enhanced reaction rate with minimum energy consumption. Finally, an economic analysis will be conducted. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new membrane reactors should be applicable to a broad platform of chemical reactions, which produce well over 5 billion pounds of product annually, with a potential energy savings of over 50 trillion BTU/yr.

Principal Investigator:

Stuart Nemser
Dr.
3029997996
snemser@compactmembrane.com

Business Contact:

Nadine Lester
Ms.
3029997996
nlester@compactmembrane.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Compact Membrane Systems, Inc.
325 Water Street Wilmington, DE 19804

EIN/Tax ID: 510348256
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No