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SBIR Phase I:Renewable Cellulosic Emulsions

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2213000
Agency Tracking Number: 2213000
Amount: $255,810.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: ET
Solicitation Number: NSF 21-562
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-02-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-01-31
Small Business Information
4880 Fairlawn Court
Boulder, CO 80301
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Patricia Ferreira
 (303) 330-5276
Business Contact
 Patricia Ferreira
Phone: (303) 330-5276
Research Institution

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project is in unlocking the potential to use aqueous colloidal emulsions instead of petroleum-based materials currently used to manufacture a multitude of products including packaging, building materials, coatings, paints, adhesives, cosmetics and even pharmaceuticals in the $26B polymer emulsion industry. Such a replacement would address the emerging national and global need to use sustainable raw materials and deliver net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).The resultant cleaner and greener products are likely to accelerate the chemical industry's shift towards bio-based products._x000D_
This Phase I project proposes to create industrial cellulosic emulsions using solvated cellulose with the use of ionic liquids. The project aims to develop a high value, sustainable, recyclable solution that can be offered at the same or lower price as an acrylic emulsion, minimizing cost and maximizing throughput. The research will focus on the selection and pre-treatment of cellulose, the selection of ionic liquids and surfactants, emulsion process development, and optimization. Significant technical challenges are posed by the requirements for higher cellulose loadings, control of emulsion particle morphology, and emulsion stability, as well as the need to achieve an economically attractive cost structure. Additional challenges come from tuning these parameters for specific industrial applications._x000D_
This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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