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Company Information:

Name: Kse, Inc.
Address: 665 Amherst Road
Sunderland, MA 01375-9420
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
URL: N/A
Phone: (413) 549-5506

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,400,777.00 45
SBIR Phase II $8,224,920.00 18

Award List:

SEVERAL ALTERNATIVE HIGH TECHNOLOGY PROCESSES ARE UNDER DEVELOPMENT WHICH PERMIT THE CONVERSION OF HEAVY CRUDE OIL (LESS THAN 20 DEGREES API) TO DISTILLATE PRODUCTS.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. j.r. kittrell , PRESIDENT
Award Amount: $45,000.00
Abstract:
Several alternative high technology processes are under development which permit the conversion of heavy crude oil (less than 20 degrees api) to distillate products. furthermore, combined techniques of heavy oil conversion and coal liquefaction are under development which provide 80% conversion of… More

TO DATE, PREPARATION OF ENERGETIC POLYMERS HAS EMPHASIZED DOUBLE BASE PROPELLANTS, CURED PROPELLANTS, OR POLYMERIZATION OF ENERGETIC MONOMERS.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr j r kittrell
Award Amount: $88,004.00
Abstract:
To date, preparation of energetic polymers has emphasized double base propellants, cured propellants, or polymerization of energetic monomers. these routes often produce a relatively low energy density propellant, marginal mechanical properties, or complex and costly synthesis techniques. in this… More

FEASIBILITY OF NITRATED THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMER AS ENERGETIC BINDER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr j r kittrell
Award Amount: $49,958.00
Abstract:
To improve current double base and cast cured propellant formulations,polymerization of energetic monomers has been studied, but these routes have shown complex synthesis requirements and marginal mechanical properties. the convenience and reuse characteristics of thermoplastic elastomers (tpe)… More

A LOW PRESSURE DROP GAS PHASE ALKALI METAL SCAVENGER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr j r kittrell
Award Amount: $49,912.00
Abstract:
Integrated coal gasification combined cycle power generation is an environmentally sound and flexible technology that could provide an economically attractive outlet for the vast coal resources of the united states. to capture fully the potential, treatment of the synthesis gas to remove… More

REACTION-ENHANCED EXTRACTION OF AROMATICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr J R Kittrell
Award Amount: $49,888.00

INSENSITIVE HTPB EXPLOSIVE BINDER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr J R Kittrell
Award Amount: $49,916.00

INSENSITIVE HTPB EXPLOSIVE BINDER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr J R Kittrell
Award Amount: $479,000.00
Abstract:
Army explosives need to be made less sensitive and less vulnerable to sympathetic detonation and fire. cost, processability and stability are also important. kse has under development a process for the direct nitration of hydroxyl terminated polybutadiene (htpb), a rubbery binder currently in use… More

REACTION-ENHANCED EXTRACTION OF AROMATICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr J R Kittrell
Award Amount: $499,000.00
Abstract:
The total u.s. commercial jet fuel market is about 11 billion gallons annually and is forecast to grow at a rate of 3% per year. approximately 50% of the current jet product is limited by aromatics content and/or smoke point. future demand growth and trends in crude oil quality will require… More

HIGH TEMPERATURE NOX CONTROL PROCESS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr j r kittrell
Award Amount: $49,929.00
Abstract:
The air force has two major areas of need for nitrogen oxide (nox) control having exhaust temperatures substantially above typical utility boiler applications, incineration and stationary jet engine test cells. existing processes for the selective catalytic reduction (scr) or nox by ammonia are… More

CATALYTIC COMBUSTION OF WASTE HALOGENATED SOLVENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr James R Kittrell
Award Amount: $50,000.00

CATALYTIC COMBUSTION OF WASTE HALOGENATED SOLVENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr James R Kittrell
Award Amount: $225,000.00
Abstract:
The amended rcra act requires new disposition of halogenatedorganic solvents. for many sources, it is not economic to recycle the solvents, so they must be destroyed by thermal incineration, but this requires costly concentration of solvent wastes. air stripping of aqueous systems containinghalogens… More

POISON TOLERANT WASTE HYDROCARBON CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: J R Kittrell , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,807.00
Abstract:
Contaminated groundwater has become an important national issue, the treatment of which is most economically accomplished by air stripping followed by complete catalyticcombustion. for many hydrocarbon sources, such as underground gasoline storage tanks, the catalytic combustorsare now being… More

A NOVEL CHLORINE RESISTANT REVERSE OSMOSIS MEMBRANE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr Rajindar Singh , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,896.00
Abstract:
Currently available and widely used aromatic polyamide (pa) reverse osmosis (ro) membranes have very low tolerance to strong oxidants, especially chlorine. consequently, there is a need for ro membranes that are not susceptible to degradation by chlorine attack. using a chemically modifiedpolymer, a… More

OXIDATIVE DENITRIFICATION OF SHALE OIL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr J R Kittrell , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,882.00
Abstract:
Oil shale has long been recognized as a major, world-scale hydrocarbon reserve. the u.s. has enormous deposits of highgrade shale. although substantial progress has been made in retorting technology, shale oil processing is costly owing to high levels of nitrogen as well as arsenic, iron, and… More

A NOVEL CHEMICALLY MODIFIED ULTRAFILTRATION MEMBRANE PROCESS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Rajindar Singh , Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $49,765.00
Abstract:
Stricter environmental regulations have encouraged the application of membrane separation techniques for hazardous and oily wastes management. however, membrane separations processes are generally ineffective for hydrocarbonaceous contaminants in water and are plagued by surface fouling of the… More

NOVEL DIESEL PARTICULATE CATALYTIC OXIDATION TRAP

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr. J. J. Kittrell , President
Award Amount: $49,878.00
Abstract:
Reductions in particulate emissions from most current dieselengines will be required to meet future standards for dieselengine powered cars, trucks and buses. the stringent emissions standards in 1987 were forecast to be achievable only by lightweight vehicles and the standards were subsequently… More

WASTE REDUCTION THROUGH BENZENE-FREE POLYMERIZATION TECHNOLOGY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr J R Kittrell , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,127.00

WASTE REDUCTION THROUGH BENZENE-FREE POLYMERIZATION TECHNOLOGY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr J R Kittrell , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $149,949.00
Abstract:
Waste reduction can be a highly cost-effective means of pollution control, if economic changes in the basic technology can be achieved which fundamentally alter the raw materials used in the process. benzene is used as a classical reaction solvent in many organic chemical reactions. as a solvent,… More

AIR PROCESS FOR CONTROL OF DILUTE AIR EMISSIONS OF CHLORINATED HYDROCARBONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr J. R. Kittrell
Award Amount: $49,849.00
Abstract:
In the control of air pollution on military bases, increasing emphasis is needed for technologies applicable to dilute concentrations of pollutants in air. For example, the control of indoor air pollution associated with solvent degreasing operations is necessary, including the dilute emissions… More

IN-DUCT SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION OF NOX

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr J R Kittrell , Business Representative
Award Amount: $49,975.00
Abstract:
The conventional control device for nox emissions from stationary sources at 90% removal efficiency is the selective catalytic reduction (scr) system. conventional scr systems rely on monolithic catalysts; these catalysts often present nearly one-half the capital investment. in recent years,… More

Catalytically Activated Monitor for Chlorinated Hydrocarbons

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr. J. R. Kittrell , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $54,942.00

Catalytically Activated Monitor for Chlorinated Hydrocarbons

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr. J. R. Kittrell , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $220,000.00
Abstract:
Widespread implementation of chlorinated volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions control technologies is anticipated for manufacturing plants and remediation of historical groundwater and soil contamination. To facilitate compliance monitoring and to improve cost-effectiveness of control… More

PHOTOCATALYTIC AIR POLLUTION CONTROL TECHNOLOGY FOR DILUTE VOC/TAP DESTRUCTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr. J. R. Kittrell
Award Amount: $65,000.00
Abstract:
Technology is needed for control of emissions of volatile organic compounds(VOC's) and toxic air pollutants (TAP's) from stationary sources. A particularneed exists for emissions control of industrial processes, where diluteconcentrations of VOC's are present in high flows of offgas which may… More

Air Revitalization By A Novel Photocatalyst

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: J.r. Kittrell , President
Award Amount: $69,990.00

Air Revitalization By A Novel Photocatalyst

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: J.r. Kittrell , President
Award Amount: $600,000.00

SBIR Phase I: Novel Solar Photocatalysts for Air Pollution Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James Kittrell
Award Amount: $74,992.00

SBIR Phase I: Novel Catalysts for Photocatalytic Adsorption-Integrated-Reaction (AIR) Emiss

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James Kittrell
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Novel Solar Photocatalysts for Air Pollution Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James Kittrell
Award Amount: $221,971.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James Kittrell
Award Amount: $400,000.00

Photocatalytic Air Cleaner for Indoor Pollution Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available The project will utilize Electro Energy's bipolar nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery technology, miniaturized power electronics and different photovoltaic (PV) technologies to introduce a novel integrated power cell (IPC) for space and remote terrestrial power applications. The… More

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr. J.R. Kittrell
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr. J.R. Kittrell
Award Amount: $295,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Novel Catalyst for Carbon Monoxide Removal from Fuel Cell Reformate

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
60679 The DOE Fuel Cells for Buildings program is developing Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell system components for building cogeneration applications. The system uses natural gas to produce a reformate, which is the feed gas to the fuel cell. This reformate contains carbon monoxide… More

Novel Catalyst for Carbon Monoxide Removal from Fuel Cell Reformate

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell, President
Award Amount: $710,000.00
Abstract:
60679 The DOE Fuel Cells for Buildings program is developing Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell system components for building cogeneration applications. The system uses natural gas to produce a reformate, which is the feed gas to the fuel cell. This reformate contains carbon monoxide… More

Homeland Security: Photocatalytic Destruction of Air-Borne Bacteria

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James Kittrell
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes to establish the technical and economic feasibility of a novel photocatalytic technology to inactivate air-borne surrogate bacterial spores representative of Bacillus anthracis (anthrax bacteria). The technology is to be… More

Advanced Low-Temperature Emissions Control Technology for MTBE Destruction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Jr Kittrell
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
There is an immediate and growing need for technology to remediate groundwater and sites contaminated with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and with possible benzene/toluene/xylene (BTX) compounds. Gasoline that contains MTBE has leaked into groundwater, presenting both health risks and… More

Advanced Low Temperature Emissions Control Technology for MTBE Destruction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Jr Kittrell
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
There is an immediate and growing need for technology to remediate groundwater and soils contaminated with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) as well as with associated benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) compounds. Gasoline containing MTBE has leaked into groundwater, presenting both… More

Advanced Low Temperature Emissions Control Technology for MTBE Destruction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Jr Kittrell
Award Amount: $225,000.00
Abstract:
There is an immediate and growing need for technology to remediate groundwater and soils contaminated with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) as well as with associated benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) compounds. Gasoline containing MTBE has leaked into groundwater, presenting both… More

SBIR/STTR PHASE I: Novel Ambient Temperature Emissions Control Catalyst

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James Kittrell
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is to establish the technical and economic feasibility of a novel technology to completely oxidize formaldehyde at dilute concentrations in air at room temperature by use of a novel catalyst system. Formaldehyde-containing resins are widely… More

NOVEL CATALYSTS FOR PHOTOCATALYTIC AIR EMISSIONS CONTROL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell
Award Amount: $261,710.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The Superfund program is intended to provide remediation of hazardous substances at abandoned or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Health issues require that such clean ups proceed promptly and throughly. However, the cost of remediation of such sites is… More

Advanced Low Temperature Emissions Control Technology for MTBE Destruction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: J. R. Kittrell
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
There is an immediate and growing need for technology to remediate groundwater and soils contaminated with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) as well as with associated benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) compounds. Gasoline containing MTBE has leaked into groundwater, presenting both… More

DESTRUCTION OF AIR-BORNE PATHOGENIC BACTERIA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The objective of this research project is to establish the technical and economic feasibility of a novel photocatalytic technology to inactivate air-borne Bacillus anthracis (anthrax), using representative surrogate bacterial spores, B. cereus. The technology is… More

SBIR PHASE II: Novel Ambient Temperature Emissions Control Catalyst

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James Kittrell
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project is to complete the R&D to commercialize a novel catalytic technology for pollution control at ambient temperature. The novel technology will destroy VOCs using low temperature oxidation with a highly active class of novel Heteropoly… More

SBIR PHASE II: Novel Ambient Temperature Emissions Control Catalyst

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James Kittrell
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project is to complete the R&D to commercialize a novel catalytic technology for pollution control at ambient temperature. The novel technology will destroy VOCs using low temperature oxidation with a highly active class of novel Heteropoly… More

Advanced Low Temperature Emissions Control Technology for MTBE Destruction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: J. R. Kittrell
Award Amount: $225,000.00
Abstract:
There is an immediate and growing need for technology to remediate groundwater and soils contaminated with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) as well as with associated benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) compounds. Gasoline containing MTBE has leaked into groundwater, presenting both… More

SBIR Phase I: Reactive Distillation for Vinyl Ether Synthesis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James Kittrell
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is to establish the technical and economic feasibility of a novel technology to utilize reactive distillation to produce vinyl ethers, the production of which is otherwise plagued by equilibrium limitations and side reactions. The program… More

Novel Photocatalytic Method for Site Remediation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell
Award Amount: $63,357.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The nation has an ongoing need to reduce exposure of the public to hazardous wastes. Novel remediation technologies can provide an effective method to reduce such hazardous waste exposure. Although health issues require prompt cleanup of abandoned and… More

Reactive Distillation for Vinyl Ether Synthesis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
75396-Reactive distillation is a new technology for the chemical and petroleum industries, which can improve the yield of reactions, enhance production of desired products, lower energy consumption, and reduce capital costs. This project will develop a novel reactive distillation technology to… More

Reactive Distillation for Vinyl Ether Synthesis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell, Dr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
75396B Reactive distilation is a new technology for the chemical and petroleum industries, which can lower energy consumption, improve the yields of reactions, enhance production of desired products, and reduce manufacturing costs. This project will develop a novel reactive distillation… More

Control of Watercraft Carbon Monoxide Emissions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The objective of this research is to establish the technical and economic feasibility of a novel catalytic technology to substantially reduce carbon monoxide (CO) emissions from engines for boat propulsion and on-board electrical generators. Boating is a popular… More

Technology for Enhanced Biodiesel Economics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: J. R. Kittrell, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Because of the relatively high cost of biomass feedstocks compared to fossil fuels, biomass conversion processes must be highly efficient in order to provide a new-term contribution to the U.S. energy balance. Biodiesel is recognized as an important potential fuel, which is obtained by relatively… More

Technology for Enhanced Biodiesel Economics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: J. R. Kittrell, President
Award Amount: $225,000.00
Abstract:
The overall goal of this project is to complete the research and development of an innovative process technology to enhance the economics of biodiesel production, through upgrading the byproduct glycerol to a propane fuel (LPG), which (a) is widely used today, (b) has an existing distribution… More

Reduction of Distillation Usage in the Manufacture of Ethanol by Reactive Water Separation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Biomass-derived ethanol is now an integral and rapidly-growing part of the overall transportation fuel system in the U.S. However, distillation processes to remove water from crude fermentation ethanol consumes substantial energy, and adds to production costs. This energy usage contributes to the… More

Acetic Acid Manufacture by the Selective Photocatalytic Oxidation of Ethylene

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Acetic acid is a large volume, global commodity chemical used as a basic building block in manufacturing polymers, anhydrides, and esters. Current acetic acid manufacturing technologies are based on carbon monoxide, which is produced by partial oxidation or steam reforming of hydrocarbons. This… More

Reduction of Distillation Usage in the Manufacture of Ethanol by Reactive Water Separation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell, Dr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Biomass-derived ethanol is now an integral part of the overall transportation fuel system in the U.S. To be useful as fuel grade ethanol, large amounts of water must be evaporated from dilute fermentation alcohol, a process that is energy-intensive, costly, and an impediment to the transition to a… More

Acetic Acid Manufacture by the Selective Photocatalytic Oxidation of Ethylene

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Kittrell, Dr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Acetic acid is a large volume, global commodity chemical used as a basic building block in manufacturing polymers, anhydrides, and esters. Current acetic acid manufacturing technologies are based on carbon monoxide, which is produced by inherently inefficient techniques, wasting scarce hydrocarbon… More

Recovery Act - Energy Efficient Reactive Dehydration of Acetic Acid by Hybrid Reactive Distillation and Membrane Separation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James Kittrell, Dr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Acetic acid is a large volume, global commodity chemical used as a basic building block in manufacturing polymers, anhydrides, and esters. Water is an inherent part of the manufacturing process. Dehydration of crude acetic acid consumes substantial energy, and adds to production costs. By 2010,… More

Recovery Act - Manufacture of Poly(Vinyl Butyral) by Reactive Distillation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James Kittrell, Dr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Poly(vinyl butyral) (PVB) is a large volume polymer used extensively as a laminating layer in safety glass for automotive and architectural applications. Essentially every automotive vehicle produced in the world includes a windshield containing a PVB laminating layer. PVB is currently produced by… More

Acetaldehyde Manufacture by the Selective Photocatalytic Oxidation of Ethane

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R Kittrell, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Acetaldehyde is a large volume, commodity chemical that has been used as a basic building block for manufacture of wide array of commodity and specialty chemicals. Demand for acetaldehyde has decreased in recent years, due to replacement by lower cost alternatives. Current acetaldehyde… More

Process Intensification for the Production of Furandicarboxylic Acid

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Carl Dupre, Dr. – 413-549-5506
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Terephthalic acid is large volume global commodity chemical used in the production of polyester polymers for applications such as polyester fibers, beverage bottles, and specialty polymers and resins. Terephthalic acid (PTA) is currently produced from hydrocarbon feedstocks by a complex,… More

Improved Method for the Production of Tetrahydrofuran from Biomass

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James Kittrell, Dr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is a large volume commodity chemical used in the production of polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG), a component of polyurethane stretch fibers (Spandex) and as an industrial solvent with applications in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) cements, pharmaceuticals… More

Process Intensification for the Production of Furandicarboxylic Acid

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Carl Dupre, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed program provides a new biomass conversion technology to produce FDCA, 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid, to replace hydrocarbon chemicals for production of commodity plasticizers and polyester polymers. Using todays prices, FDCA can economically replace phthalic anhydride and terephthalic… More