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Ultra-Thin, Magnetic Polymer Membranes for the Selective Removal of Macronutrients in Wastewater

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EP-D-17-008
Agency Tracking Number: B1505-0027
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 15-NCER-05
Solicitation Number: SOL-NC-16-00001
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-11-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-04-30
Small Business Information
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136
United States
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Carleen Bowers
 (540) 626-6266
Business Contact
 Melissa Campbell
Title: CFO
Phone: (540) 626-6266
Research Institution

Phosphorous and nitrogen are valuable nutrients found in wastewater. The flow of phosphorous from rocks to the natural waterway has increased in recent years, due in large part to agricultural production. In addition to being a nutrient, phosphorous is a contaminant in aquatic environments that leads to the formation of organic material and algae. Recovery of phosphorous from wastewater will ensure its renewable supply and protect the environment. The objective of this EPA program is to fabricate ultra--thin polymer filtration membranes having magnetic nanoparticles for the selective recovery of phosphorous and other nutrients. We will use a layer--by--layer electrostatic method to build ultra--thin and selective nanocomposite membranes. This approach will result in higher water flux, lower membrane fouling, and lower energy consumption compared to traditional membranes used in the treatment of water.

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