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Anti-Fouling HybridSil® Membranes for Potable Air Force Water Needs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-P-0983
Agency Tracking Number: F19C-010-0061
Amount: $249,989.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19C-T010
Solicitation Number: 19.C
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-12-01
Small Business Information
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136-1111
United States
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jennifer Lalli
 (540) 626-6266
Business Contact
 Amanda Moye
Title: AmandaMoye
Phone: (540) 626-6266
Research Institution
 Washington University
 Zhen He
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-0001
United States

 (314) 935-7124
 Nonprofit College or University

In this Special topic AFWERX program, NanoSonic shall explore our commercial product, HybridSil™ ICEPHOBIC nanocomposite combined with WashU’s Distillation Membranes as a Defense-Related Dual-Purpose technology for near-term Air Force Civil Engineering Center (AFCEC) military functional hybrids (AFOSR FOCUS AREA RTB2) and commercial water purification markets.  A current dual use need for HybridSil Icephobic, identified by our STTR partner Washington University in St. Louis (WashU), is an improved anti-fouling membrane for their Direct Contact Membrane Distillation (DCMD) process.  Current water purification membranes and wastewater treatment methods at Edwards Air Force base could be significantly improved with ultra-hydrophobic antifouling coatings.  According to Mr. Thomas Allen, 412th CES, Edwards Wastewater Treatment plant is already transforming 400,000 gal/day of wastewater into reclaimed water – although through bacterial methods.  The new anti-fouling DCMD would purify the water and allow for recycling of valuable nutrients such as Phosphorus (~$15,000/lb) which is not renewable.  NanoSonic shall deliver HS IP membrane demos to AFCEC PEOs for evaluation to adapt this non-defense icephobic technology as a low risk solution for applications including grey / perfluorinated compounds (PFA) water treatment, potable water production in remote areas, wastewater treatment / nutrient recovery, and urine management for pilots that endure extended missions. 

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