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Separation and Enrichment of Xenon in Air

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Department of Energy
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2002 / SBIR
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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: 2002
Title: Separation and Enrichment of Xenon in Air
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG03-02ER83495
Award Amount: $100,000.00


70344 The xenon content of air is a marker for underground nuclear tests. However, the gas must be separated and enriched to facilitate analysis because its concentration is extremely low. This project will fabricate a membrane concentrator, based on nitrogen-permeable membranes, that is able to enrich the xenon content of air at least 30-fold. In Phase I, candidate membranes will be prepared and evaluated as membrane stamps to determine nitrogen/xenon selectivity and nitrogen permeability. The best membranes will be fabricated into bench-scale modules containing one square meter of membrane for evaluation with nitrogen/xenon mixtures. Based on the data obtained, a design for the concentration device will be prepared. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: A membrane concentrator to separate xenon from air to facilitate analysis would have a limited market; however, once developed, similar devices could be used to separate toxic VOCs from air, which would have a much larger market.

Principal Investigator:

Hans Wijmans

Business Contact:

Elizabeth G. Weiss
Small Business Information at Submission:

Membrane Technology And Research, Inc. (mtr)
1360 Willow Road Suite 103 Menlo Park, CA 94025

EIN/Tax ID: 942795892
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No