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Company Information:

Name: Media and Process Technology Inc.
Address: 1155 William Pitt Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15238-1368
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
URL: N/A
Phone: (412) 826-3711

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,425,889.00 26
SBIR Phase II $6,919,976.00 13
STTR Phase I $150,000.00 1

Award List:

ON-SITE RECOVERY OF GLYCOLS FROM AIRPORT DEICING FLUID USING POLYMERIC/CERAMIC COMPOSITE MEMBRANES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul K. T. Liu
Award Amount: $64,690.00

A Steam-Resistant Hydrogen Selective Ceramic Membrane for Fuel Cell Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul K. T. Liu
Award Amount: $74,684.00

ON-SITE RECOVERY OF GLYCOLS FROM AIRPORT DEICING FLUID USING POLYMERIC/CERAMIC COMPOSITE MEMBRANES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul K. T. Liu
Award Amount: $225,000.00
Abstract:
About 200 to 600 million gallons of waste water contaminated with

A Low Cost Environmentally Benign Waste Lubricant Recylcing/Rerefining Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul K.t. Liu
Award Amount: $97,944.00
Abstract:
Globally, over four billion gallons of spent lubricants are generated annually. Although spent lubricants can be considered a valuable renewable resource, less than 10% of the worldwide supply is actually re-refined into high quality lubricant basestocks. The remainder is typically burned… More

A Low Cost Environmentally Benign Waste Lubriant Recycling/Rerefining Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,568.00

Desalination with Novel Ceramic Reverse Osmosis Membranes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul K.t. Liu
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Polymeric reverse osmosis membranes are widely used for water and wastewater purification. However, their lack of chemical and especially oxidant (chlorine, oxone) stability, susceptibility to fouling, poor storage/shelf life, and a variety of other disadvantages has limited their effectiveness. … More

Re-refining of Spent Ester-Based Synthetic Lubricants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Mr. Paul K.T. Liu
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Ester-based synthetic lubricants are used in a variety of applications ranging from low- end, two-stroke oils in chain saws and automotive crankcase oils to high-end, high- performance oils in jet turbines and heavy duty truck transmissions. These materials offer a number of advantages over mineral… More

High Flash Solvent Recovery Using Dual Purpose Ceramic Membrane Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul K.T. Liu
Award Amount: $69,558.00
Abstract:
Throughout the United States and around the world, a variety of industries are moving from conventional to high flash solvents, including dibasic and other esters, glycol ethers, and terpenes (d-limonene isomers). For instance, approximately 80% of the cleaning solvents used in the screen printing… More

One-Step Ceramic Membrane Process for Small Drinking Water Treatment Facilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Paul K.T. Liu
Award Amount: $69,558.00
Abstract:
A one-step filtration process has been proposed for the removal of turbidity, microorganisms, and THMFP for small drinking water treatment facilities. The essence of the proposed technology is the use of a low cost/high performance ceramic membrane to accomplish the above filtration objectives… More

A Low Cost Environmentally Benign Waste Lubriant Recycling/Rerefining Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $225,000.00

One-Step Ceramic Membrane Process for Small Drinking Water Treatment Facilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Paul K.T. Liu
Award Amount: $224,830.00
Abstract:
A one-step filtration process has been proposed for the removal of turbidity, microorganisms, and THMFP for small drinking water treatment facilities. The essence of the proposed technology is the use of a low cost/high performance ceramic membrane to accomplish the above filtration objectives… More

Re-refining of Spent Ester-Based Synthetic Lubricants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Mr. Paul K.T. Liu
Award Amount: $224,947.00
Abstract:
Ester-based synthetic lubricants are used in a variety of applications ranging from low- end, two-stroke oils in chain saws and automotive crankcase oils to high-end, high- performance oils in jet turbines and heavy duty truck transmissions. These materials offer a number of advantages over mineral… More

High Flash Solvent Recovery Using Dual Purpose Ceramic Membrane Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul K.T. Liu
Award Amount: $221,729.00
Abstract:
Throughout the United States and around the world, a variety of industries are moving from conventional to high flash solvents, including dibasic and other esters, glycol ethers, and terpenes (d-limonene isomers). For instance, approximately 80% of the cleaning solvents used in the screen printing… More

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Joining of Advanced SiCf/SiCm Composites for Fusion Energy Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
65289 Catalytic membrane reactors offer enhanced productivity and improved energy efficiency for several key reactive separation processes in the chemical and refinery industries. Although the concept has been verified experimentally, existing membranes have failed to be commercially… More

Affinity Ceramic Membranes with Carbon Dioxide Transport Channel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
60924 The development of affinity membranes has the potential to offer a quantum leap in membrane-based separation technology. Current polymeric membrane researchers modify surface functionality to offer a specific affinity; however, in the area of inorganic membranes, few similar activities… More

Affinity Ceramic Membranes with Carbon Dioxide Transport Channel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu, President
Award Amount: $600,191.00
Abstract:
60924 The development of affinity membranes has the potential to offer a quantum leap in membrane-based separation technology. Current polymeric membrane researchers modify surface functionality to offer a specific affinity; however, in the area of inorganic membranes, few similar activities… More

A Commercially Viable Carbon Molecular Sieve Membrane for Subquality Natural Gas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Liu
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
70903 About 40% of the approximately 54 trillion standard cubic feet of gas reserves in the lower 48 states can not be economically extracted because it is considered subquality and/or from small or remote wells. Current generation membranes offer a potential solution but have not been… More

A Microengineered Adsorbent for Arsenic Removal for Small Drinking Water Treatment Facilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Paul KT Liu
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Removal of low-level arsenic from drinking water sources has attracted significant attention recently. Existing technologies are considered effective for this purpose; however, they fail to meet the criteria of reliability and simplicity in operation for small drinking water treatment facilities.… More

SBIR Phase I: A Hydrothermally Stable H2 Selective SiC Membrane for Membrane Reactor Appliction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program involves the use a hydrothermally stable SiC membrane as a membrane reactor for steam reforming. We have developed an innovative hydrogen selective SiC membrane. This membrane has demonstrated an excellent material stability required for… More

SBIR Phase I: A Solid State Proton Conductor as a Hydrogen Pump

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I program involves the development of a solid-state proton conductor (SSPC) suitable for intermediate temperature applications, i.e., >100 to ~300C. We will develop an ultra-thin (

Dehydration of Acids and Harsh Chemicals Via Pervaporation/Vapor Permeation Using Inorganic Membranes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
79270S Pervaporation (PV) and vapor permeation (VP) membranes have been touted as highly effective for a wide array of liquid and vapor separations, particularly for dehydration of aggressive chemicals; yet, they have been limited to a relatively small number of niche applications. The barriers to… More

Hydrogen Recovery Via Nanoporous Carbon Membrane for Large Scale Refinery Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
78168S Hydrogen recovery from refinery off-gas offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to meet the projected growth in hydrogen demand in refineries. Although a unique membrane-based process was demonstrated to be technically feasible in the past, several product- and… More

Nano-porous Inorganic Membrane as a One-Step Sulfur Tolerant Hydrogen Recovery Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Liu, President
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I project focuses on the use of our hydrogen selective nanoporous inorganic membrane for hydrogen recovery from reformats. We believe that the unique performance features of our proposed membrane-based process can deliver an one-step hydrogen recovery process to meet the hydrogen… More

SBIR Phase I: An Engineered Diffusion Barrier for Preparation of Pd Membranes on Tubular Porous Stainless Steel Substrate

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Liu, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project focuses on the development of an innovative diffusion barrier for the preparation of Pd thin film on tubular porous stainless steel substrate. A thin Pd film supported on tubular porous SS substrate provides a commercially viable avenue… More

Dehydration of Acids and Harsh Chemicals Via Pervaporation/Vapor Permeation Using Inorganic Membranes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Liu, Dr.
Award Amount: $749,600.00
Abstract:
Pervaporation (PV) and vapor permeation (VP) membranes have been touted as highly effective for a wide array of liquid and vapor separations, particularly for dehydration of aggressive chemicals; yet, they have been limited to a relatively small number of niche applications. The barriers to further… More

Hydrogen Recovery Via Nanoporous Carbon Membrane for Large Scale Refinery Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Liu, Dr.
Award Amount: $726,943.00
Abstract:
Hydrogen recovery from refinery off-gas offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to meet the projected growth in hydrogen demand in refineries. Although a unique membrane-based process was demonstrated to be technically feasible in the past, several product- and… More

SBIR Phase II: An Engineered Diffusion Barrier for Preparation of Pd Membranes on Tubular Porous Stainless Steel Substrate

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Liu, Dr
Award Amount: $499,999.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project focuses on the development of an innovative diffusion barrier for the preparation of Pd thin film on tubular porous stainless steel substrate. A thin Pd film supported on tubular porous SS substrate provides a commercially viable avenue for… More

Adsorption-and Membrane-Enhanced Reactor for Fuel Reforming Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Liu, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Small-scale hydrogen production, for both mobile and stationary applications, is a technology critical to the future implementation of fuel cell technology. Existing fuel reforming processes are extremely complicated, as well as capital- and energy-intensive, primarily due to their high temperature… More

An Innovative Transport Membrane Condenser for Water Recovery from Flue Gas and Its Reuse

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Liu, President
Award Amount: $69,964.00
Abstract:
Although water recycle and reuse is considered good environmental practice, its implementation is highly dependent upon the economics and hence can be challenging to implement. In this proposal, we present a unique opportunity to recover both water and energy from boiler flue gas, so that water… More

An Innovative Transport Membrane Condenser for Water Recovery from Flue Gas and Its Reuse

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Liu, President
Award Amount: $225,000.00
Abstract:
Although water recycle and reuse is considered good environmental practice, its implementation is highly dependent upon the economics and hence can be challenging to implement. An example is the recovery of low quality heat as water condensate from industrial flue gases. In this case, tremendous… More

STTR Phase I: Development of Multi-Functional Membrane-Based Reactor for High Alcohol Synthesis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: University of Southern California
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Liu, PhD
Award Amount: $150,000.00
RI Contact: Lisa Inomata-O'Connell
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will develop a commercially viable ethanol process via a multi-functional membrane-based reactor using the best available catalyst. The proposed reactor incorporates the advantages of existing reactors which result from the in-situ… More

SBIR Phase I: One-Step MembraneReactor-based Process for Conversion of Biomass Gasifier Off-gas to Syngas Ready for Alternative Fuel Syntheses

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Liu, PhD
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a one-step membrane reactor-based process to clean-up, concentrate, and condition bio-based syngas to make it suitable for downstream processing into fuel or chemicals. The biomass-based energy production pathway has been favored… More

Recovery Act - Development of Advanced Transport Membrane Condenser for Energy/Water Recovery from Industrial Waste/Process Streams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
In the US today, over 1,800 trillion BTU/year is lost as waste heat from industrial processes as has been identified by the DOE. The energy loss in this category is primarily derived from the waste heat contained in flue gas and drying operation exhausts generated from a wide array of manufacturing… More

Recovery Act - A No Phase Change Process to Replace Distillation in Biodiesel Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,957.00
Abstract:
Biodiesel production has grown substantially in the past few years in response to the increased price of imported fossil energy and significant interest in the private and public sectors for a clean renewable energy source, a desire to reduce dependence on foreign oil, and a desire to provide… More

SBIR Phase I:Biogas Upgrading via An Innovative Membrane Designed for Small Scale, Low Pressure Streams with Bulk Contaminants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Liu, MIS
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I project will develop a method that utilizes a carbon based adsorptive surface flow membrane to perform continuous concentration of methane from raw bio-gas from large animal feed operations. The membrane can upgrade biogas at 40 to 65% CH4 to 90%+ CH4 with

Recovery Act - Development of Advanced Transport Membrane Condenser for Energy/Water Recovery from Industrial Waste/Process Streams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,948.00
Abstract:
In the US today, over 1,800 trillion BTU/year is lost as waste heat from industrial processes as has been identified by the DOE. The energy loss in this category is primarily derived from the waste heat contained in flue gas and drying operation exhausts generated from a wide array of manufacturing… More

Recovery Act - A No Phase Change Process to Replace Distillation in Biodiesel Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,978.00
Abstract:
Biodiesel production has grown substantially in the past few years in response to the increased price of imported fossil energy and significant interest in the private and public sectors for a clean renewable energy source, a desire to reduce dependence on foreign oil, and a desire to provide… More

An Industrial Membrane System Suitable for Distributed Used Oil Re-Refining

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu, Dr. – 412-826-3711
Award Amount: $149,972.00
Abstract:
R & amp;D activities on membrane-based separations have been extensive in the past several decades due to the potential to provide more energy-efficient separation processes than conventional distillation, extraction, absorption, adsorption, etc. Its simplicity, essentially as an advanced… More

An Industrial Membrane System Suitable for Distributed Used Oil Re-Refining

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Liu, Dr. – 412-292-4168
Award Amount: $996,811.00
Abstract:
Nationwide about 2.4 billion gallons of lubricants are consumed annually for automotive crankcase (about 58%), industrial processes, machine lubrication, mining, and others. About 1 billion gallons/yr is currently collected as waste oil, equivalent to1-1.5% of annual US crude oil import volume. … More