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Nano-Porous Catalyst for Refinery Alkylation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
81042
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
81060S06-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Exelus, Inc.
110 Dorsa Ave Livingston, NJ 07039-1037
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Nano-Porous Catalyst for Refinery Alkylation
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84533
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

The removal of MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether) from many gasoline blends necessitates the increased use of other high-octane components. Alkylate represents a clean high-quality alternative; however, alkylate is produced using hazardous and increasingly expensive liquid acid catalysts. A safe, economical alternative to liquid acids is needed. Solid acid catalysts offer a safe and clean alternative to liquid acids, but suffer from rapid deactivation under industrial conditions. This project will develop an engineered catalyst that resists deactivation by creating a network of nanopores in the catalyst particle, thereby enhancing diffusion. Phase I will prove the feasibility of this concept in bench-scale reactors. The nano-porous catalyst will be developed and tested to quantify the improvement in performance. An economic evaluation will also be conducted to ensure the nano-porous catalyst will be cost effective. Commerecial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: An economically viable solid-acid catalyst for isoparaffin alkylation would produce a lower-cost higher-quality gasoline. The result would be a cleaner, safer process and clean-burning high-octane fuels, without objectionable additives like MTBE.

Principal Investigator:

Mitrajit Mukherjee
Mr.
9737402350
mmukherjee@exelusinc.com

Business Contact:

Mitrajit Mukherjee
Mr.
9737402350
mmukherjee@exelusinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Exelus, Inc.
99 Dorsa Avenue Livingston, NJ 07039

EIN/Tax ID: 223810814
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No