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A Commercially Viable Carbon Molecular Sieve Membrane for Subquality Natural Gas

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Department of Energy
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2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Media and Process Technology Inc.
1155 William Pitt Way Pittsburgh, PA 15238-1368
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: A Commercially Viable Carbon Molecular Sieve Membrane for Subquality Natural Gas
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-02ER83493
Award Amount: $100,000.00


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 implemented because of various technical and economical barriers. This project will develop a carbon molecular sieve/ceramic composite (CMS/C) membrane, combining ┬┐next generation┬┐ membrane features of high specific selectivity and throughput in a rugged, low cost, and reliable composite membrane format. Phase I will conduct bench level synthesis and performance testing of several CMS/C membranes derived from selected precursors to identify an appropriate candidate membrane for the application environment. Following screening, one candidate will be chosen for scale-up development and testing on a full scale commercial ceramic substrate. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The CMS/C composite membrane should find application in the upgrading of natural gas from subquality and/or remote wells. This membrane can be directly translated into enhanced oil recovery and landfill gas recovery applications. In addition, the CMS/C membrane should find use in such industrially important processes as propane/propylene recovery and oxygen/nitrogen separation.

Principal Investigator:

Paul K. Liu

Business Contact:

Paul K. Liu
Small Business Information at Submission:

Media And Process Technology, Inc.
1155 William Pitt Way Pittsburgh, PA 15238

EIN/Tax ID: 251692849
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No