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Harsh Fluorochemical Separations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-00ER83132
Agency Tracking Number: 60311S00-II
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2001
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
325 Water Street
Wilmington, DE 19804
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Nemser
 (302) 999-7996
Business Contact
 Nadine Cragg-Lester
Title: Grants Manager
Phone: (302) 999-7996
Research Institution

60311 There are economic and environmental justifications for replacing conventional distillation processes with simpler membrane separations in certain applications. However, at present, there are no commercial membranes able to withstand the aggressive conditions associated with important industrial chemicals, including hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen chloride, and ozone. Prototype, chemically resistant perfluorinated membranes have been developed and demonstrated to function with hydrogen fluoride and hydrogen chloride gases. Using these membranes, this project will demonstrate several useful separations that have been requested by industrial gas manufacturers. In Phase I, novel membrane formulations were tested and verified with HCl and HF aggressive gases. Chemical compatibility and high gas flux were measured. Phase II will construct and test commercial membrane modules from the formulations demonstrated in Phase I. The process will be scaled-up and the economic advantages of using these membrane separations for semi-conductor and hydrogen fluoride alkylation manufacturing will be demonstrated. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Applications include purification of materials in semiconductor manufacturing, waste reduction, and recycling of corrosive gases such as hydrogen fluoride and hydrogen chloride in petroleum processing.

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