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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:
2007 / 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 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Nano-Porous Catalyst for Refinery Alkylation
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84533
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

The phase-out of methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) from the US gasoline pool has created an excess supply of isobutylene. Substituting ethanol for MTBE also has resulted in a rise in the vapor pressure of gasoline blends and has increased the need for high-octane, low vapor pressure blendstocks. This project aims to create a safe and economical solid acid catalyst suitable for refinery alkylation using isobutylene or mixed butene feeds. The catalyst will be designed with a unique nanometer-scale pore structure to improve its performance with these feeds. In Phase I, this new family of alkylation catalysts was synthesized and tested to demonstrate their enhanced properties and performance. Significant benefits were found at commercially viable reaction conditions. Phase II will optimize the performance of the catalyst while reducing its cost. Also, the long-term stability of the catalyst will be demonstrated. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The production of a high-value gasoline blending component from excess low-value material should improve refining efficiency and increase gasoline supply, while still enabling refiners to meet clean-fuel regulations. The technology also would replace dangerous liquid acid catalysts, thereby improving safety and reducing the vulnerability of alkylation units.

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