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SBIR Phase I: Plasticization-Resistant Hybrid Membranes for Olefin-Paraffin…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88312
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0740681
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: 2008
Title: SBIR Phase I: Plasticization-Resistant Hybrid Membranes for Olefin-Paraffin Separations
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0740681
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will focus on the separation of olefin/paraffin vapor mixtures using organic-inorganic hybrid membranes. These membranes consist of thin selective layers that contain an interconnected network of nano-sized inorganic particles dispersed in a polymer matrix. The inorganic network increases membrane durability and inhibits swelling of the polymer selective layer. This allows the membranes to retain high olefin/paraffin selectivities at challenging industrial conditions. By the appropriate combination of the inorganic phase with the matrix polymer, it will be possible to develop membranes capable of efficiently separating a wide variety of vapor/vapor mixtures. The broader impacts (commercial potential) of this project will be the development of a new type of vapor/vapor selective membrane. If the technology is successfully developed, membranes could be tailored to perform a variety of important commercial separations. Systems based on such membranes would provide serious competition to distillation, the workhorse separation technology of the petrochemical and refining industries.

Principal Investigator:

Tim C. Merkel
PhD
6505433362
tcmerkel@mtrinc.com

Business Contact:

Tim C. Merkel
PhD
6505433362
tcmerkel@mtrinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH, INC.
1360 WILLOW ROAD SUITE #103 MENLO PARK, CA 94025

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