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Employing Ionomer Membrane Technology to Extract Water from Brine

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Paragon Space Development Corporation
3481 E. Michigan Street Tucson, AZ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Employing Ionomer Membrane Technology to Extract Water from Brine
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CH41P
Award Amount: $99,829.00


Paragon Space Development Corporation proposes the use of an microporous-ionomer membrane pair to improve the robustness and effectiveness of membrane-based water separation processes. Improved robustness and effectiveness will be evident through (1) reduced loading on the downstream post processor due to the ionomer's unique property of selective permeability, and (2) inclusion of a backup barrier between the rententate and permeate. The microporous membrane's function is to prevent liquid wastewater from direct contact with the ionomer, a condition that would reduce the effectiveness of the ionomer. The ionomer's unique characteristic of selective permeability suggests a possible role in water purification processes. This activity is accomplished by means of the sulfonic acid groups. It is this property that we wish to exploit.

Principal Investigator:

John Straus
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Carole Hammond
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Paragon Space Development Corporation
3481 East Michigan Street Tucson, AZ 85714-2221

EIN/Tax ID: 860734347
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No