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THIN LAYER IMMOBILIZED LIQUID MEMBRANES FOR GAS SEPARATIONS

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
1570
Program Year/Program:
1986 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1570
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
A/g Technology Corp.
34 Wexford Street Needham, MA 02194
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1986
Title: THIN LAYER IMMOBILIZED LIQUID MEMBRANES FOR GAS SEPARATIONS
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $189,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE NEED FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION TO REDUCE US DEPENDENCE ON POTENTIALLY UNSTABLE FOREIGN ENERGY SUPPLIES IS WELL DOCUMENTED. ONE MAJOR POTENTIAL ENERGY CONSERVATION MEASURE IS COMBUSTION WITH OXYGEN ENRICHED AIR. CONVENTIONAL METHODS FOR PRODUCING OXYGEN ENRICHED AIR ARE UNECONOMICAL AND HENCE ARE NOT PRACTICED. MEMBRANE PROCESSES, ESPECIALLY THOSE BASED ON IMMOBILIZED LIQUID MEMBRANES ARE CHARATERISICALLY SIMPLE AND POTENTIALLY HIGHLY ECONOMICAL TO OPERATE. LIQUID MEMBRANE CONCEPTS PROPOSED TO DATE EMPLOY PRINCIPALLY SYMMETRIC MICROPOROUS POLYMERIC STRUCTURES TO HOST THE IMMOBILIZED LIQUID BARRIER. CONSEQUENTLY, THE THICKNESS OF THE LIQUID MEMBRANE IS THE SAME AS THE SUPPORT STRUCTURE'S THICKNESS -- TYPICALLY 100 TO 200 MICRONS. SINCE IN MANY GAS TRANSPORT THROUGH LIQUID MEMBRANES IS DIFFUSION-LIMITED, REDUCED LIQUID LAYER THICKNESSES ARE HIGHLY DESIREABLE. THE PROPOSED PROGRAM IS CONCERNED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIN IMMOBILIZED LIQUID MEMBRANES THROUGH THE USE OF ASYMMETRIC POLYMERIC MICROPOROUS STRUCTURES WHEREBY THE LIQUID LAYER IS FORMED WITHIN THE SMALLER PORE REGION WHICH IS TYPICALLY IN THE ORDER OF A FEW MICRONS THICK. HOLLOW FIBER MEMBRANE SUPPORTS WILL BE USED DUE TO BOTH THEIR COMPACT NATURE AND PREFERENCE OVER OTHER GEOMETRIES FOR GAS SEPARATIONS. OXYGEN ENRICHMENT EVALUATION WILL, IN PHASE I, CENTER ON MEMBRANE FORMATION WITH PASSIVE LIQUIDS. REACTIVE LIQUIDS (FACILITATED TRANSPORT) WILL BE EXPLORED IN PHASE II.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Arye Gollan
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

A/g Technology Corp.
34 Wexford Street Needham, MA 02194

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