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NEW COATING TECHNIQUES FOR COMPOSITE MEMBRANES

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
14214
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
14214
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
39630 Eureka Drive Newark, CA 94560
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: NEW COATING TECHNIQUES FOR COMPOSITE MEMBRANES
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

MEMBRANE DIFFUSION IS INHERENTLY SLOW PROCESS. CONSEQUENTLY,MEMBRANE-BASED SEPARATION PROCESSES CAN ONLY BE ECONOMICALLYVIABLE IF EXTREMELY THIN, DEFECT-FREE MEMBRANES ARE USED. THIN-FILM COMPOSITE MEMBRANES WITH A PERMSELECTIVE LAYER THICKNESS DOWN TO ABOUT 0.5 UM CAN BE MADE BY PRESENTLY AVAILABLE TECHNIQUES. MEMBRANES WITH PERMSELECTIVE LAYERS THINNER THAN THIS WOULD DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THE ECONOMICS OF MEMBRANE SEPARATION. THE GOAL OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY FOR MAKING INDUSTRIAL SCALE COMPOSITEMEMBRANES WITH PERMSELECTIVE LAYER THICKNESS DOWN TO 0.1 UM OR BELOW. THE MEMBRANES WILL BE MADE BY MODIFYING THE SOLUTION COATING PROCESS USED TO APPLY THE THIN PERMSELECTIVE LAYER. PREVIOUS EXPERIMENTAL DATA INDICATE THAT THE USE OF SUCH MODIFIED SOLUTIONS ENABLES A MUCH THINNER DEFECT-FREE COATING TO BE APPLIED THAN IS POSSIBLE WITH CONVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES. IF THE TECHNIQUE CAN BE APPLIED TO MANY DIFFERENT POLYMERS, IT WILL ENABLE ECONOMICALLY VIABLE MEMBRANE-BASED SEPARATION SYSTEMS TO BE MADE AND APPLIED TO A BROAD RANGE OF GAS SEPARATION PROBLEMS. THE POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATION AS DESCRIBED BY THE AWARDEE: MEMBRANE MADE BY THE PROPOSED PROCESS COULD HAVE ASIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON MANY INDUSTRIAL GAS SEPARATIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, OXYGEN/NITROGEN SEPARATION, REMOVAL OF ACID GASES FROM EFFLUENT STREAMS, OR HYDROGEN RECOVERY FROM MANY SOURCES. THE PROCESS ECONOMICS COULD BE SUFFICIENTLY ATTRACTIVE TO MAKE MEMBRANE SYSTEMS COMPETITIVE WITH CONVENTIONAL SEPARATION METHODS IN THESE AND OTHER APPLICATIONS.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Baker
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Membrane Technology & Research
1360 Willow Rd Ste 103 Menlo Park, CA 94025

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