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STTR Phase I: Nanoselenium for Simultaneous Detection and Capture of Mercury…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
91201
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
0930303
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aspen Sciences, Inc
6300 Bridgepoint Parkway Building One; Suite 500 Austin, TX 78730 5016
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: STTR Phase I: Nanoselenium for Simultaneous Detection and Capture of Mercury Vapor in Fluorescent Lighting Technology
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0930303
Award Amount: $150,000.00
 

Abstract:

This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project is focused on the development of a new technology for reducing the human health risks associated with mercury over the life-cycle of fluorescent lamps. Fluorescent lamps can break and release their internal inventory of mercury, which is a known neurotoxicant, environmental pollutant, and developmental toxicant of special concern for children and women of child-bearing age. Aspen Sciences is teaming with Brown University and ARCH Venture Partners to develop nano-selenium-based products to react with and capture mercury vapor during fluorescent lamp shipping, use, collection, and recycling. The research focuses on: (i) cost-effective nano-selenium synthesis, (ii) design and testing of reactive barriers as box or bag safety liners, (iii) study of reaction rates and sorbent color change for mercury detection, and (iv) sorbent stability during storage use and disposal. The broader impacts of this research are to ensure consumer and worker safety in the large and rapidly growing market for linear and compact fluorescent lamps. Lamps broken at home or during shipping release elemental mercury vapor in the immediate vicinity of adults and children. Approximately 80% of inhaled mercury vapor is physiologically absorbed in the lung and is able to cross the blood-brain barrier to cause neurological disorders and developmental impairment. Aspen's new sorbent can capture mercury vapor at ultra-high capacity and reduce human exposure in the $7 billion annual worldwide fluorescent lamp market, as well as remove current psychological and safety barriers to the more widespread adoption of energy-saving fluorescent technologies.

Principal Investigator:

Love Sarin
DPhil
4019654433
love.sarin@gmail.com

Business Contact:

Love Sarin
DPhil
4019654433
love.sarin@gmail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aspen Sciences, Inc
6300 Bridgepoint Parkway Building One; Suite 500 Austin, TX 78730

EIN/Tax ID: 264225894
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Brown University
BOX 1929
Providence, RI 2912
Contact: Norman J. Hebert
Contact Phone: (401) 863-2777
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university