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STTR Phase I: Nanoparticle-Stabilized Vapor-Selective Membranes

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
67991
Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
0419401
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: 2004
Title: STTR Phase I: Nanoparticle-Stabilized Vapor-Selective Membranes
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0419401
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project focuses on vapor-selective membranes that are stabilized through the addition of nanoscale fillers. Vapor-selective membranes, which preferentially permeate the larger molecules in a gas mixture, are used in industrial separation applications such as organic monomer recovery in polyolefin production and natural gas dew point adjustment. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a membrane material with modest selectivity, is typically used in separations of this type. Polymers with superior selectivity properties have been identified, but these materials suffer performance degradation over time due to physical aging. Recently, we have discovered that the addition of certain nanoscale fillers stabilizes these highly-selective polymers. In the proposed project, such fillers will be added to high-performance, vapor-selective polymers to yield novel, stable nanocomposite membranes. Successful development of the proposed membranes would allow the recovery of hydrogen from refinery streams that cannot be cost-effectively separated with conventional technologies, including currently available membranes. Flaring of these off-gas streams results in an estimated annual loss of $300 million to U.S. refineries.

Principal Investigator:

Tim Merkel
PI
6503282228
tcmerkel@mtrinc.com

Business Contact:

Elizabeth Weiss
6503282228
egweiss@mtrinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Membrane Technology & Research Inc
1360 Willow Road Suite 103 Menlo Park, CA 94025

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Research Triangle Institute
3040 Cornwallis Rd
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Contact: Lora Toy
Contact Phone: (919) 541-6000
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university