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Integrated Microfiltration Filter and Pump for Portable Water Decontamination…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Award ID:
68700
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
C041-304-0048
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
LOS GATOS RESEARCH
67 E EVELYN AVE STE3 Mountain View, CA 94041-1529
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Integrated Microfiltration Filter and Pump for Portable Water Decontamination System
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Contract: FA8651-04-C-0267
Award Amount: $69,994.00
 

Abstract:

Light-weight, high-performance subcomponents, particularly filters and pumps, are needed to make a portable water purifier that can produce clean water from any source. At present, some of the principal problems that hamper this effort include the heavy weight of the pumps and their motors and the large size and fouling rate of pre-treatment filters. These problems may be overcome using Los Gatos Research's unique and innovative design to make microfabricated microfiltration sieve filters that simultaneously provide pumping capability. In Phase I, Los Gatos Research will develop a novel, hands-free, high-pressure (1000 pounds-per-square inch) and high flow-rate (1 liter-per-minute) pump integrated with a microfiltration filter that in total weighs only a few ounces, and integrate it in a complete purification system. This monolithically integrated pump obviates the need for heavy external pumps, and the microfiltration filter size is dramatically reduced by order of magnitude. Moreover, the pump mechanism may be reversed to provide a useful backflow that substantially reduces membrane fouling.

Principal Investigator:

Micah Yairi
Senior Physicist
6509657841
m.yairi@lgrinc.com

Business Contact:

Anthony O'Keefe
President
6509657772
a.okeefe@lgrinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

LOS GATOS RESEARCH
67 East Evelyn Ave., Suite 3 Mountain View, CA 94041

EIN/Tax ID: 770358688
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No