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SBIR Phase I: Dimensionally Stable Membrane for Chlor-Alkali Production

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84634
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0637871
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Giner Electrochemical Systems, LLC
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: SBIR Phase I: Dimensionally Stable Membrane for Chlor-Alkali Production
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0637871
Award Amount: $99,989.00
 

Abstract:

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a novel, Dimensionally Stable Ionomer Membrane (DSMTM) that offers high ionic conductivity, good ion exclusion capability, and excellent mechanical properties. The most advanced chlor-alkali electrolyzers utilize an ion-exchange membrane to separate the electrolysis solutions, but that membrane introduces inefficiencies due to the thickness required to survive and function within the electrolyzer. This research project deals with a new type of membrane utilizing a thin, laser-perforated support and incorporating carboxylic and sulfonic acid ionomers to simultaneously reduce the thickness of the membrane (and therefore the electrolyzer operating voltage) while maintaining functionality and improving durability. Just a few years ago, chlor-alkali electrolysis consumed 1.4% of all electricity generated in the United States; thus any improvement to electrolysis efficiency would result in significant power savings. The proposed research is expected to result in an electrolyzer voltage reduction of at least 125mV of the ~3.0V currently consumed, an energy consumption reduction of 4.2%.

Principal Investigator:

Han A. Liu
PhD
7815290531
hliu@ginerinc.com

Business Contact:

Han A. Liu
PhD
7815290531
hliu@ginerinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

GINER ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS, LLC
89 RUMFORD AVE SUITE 102/103 AUBURNDALE, MA 02466

EIN/Tax ID: 043515357
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No