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An Improved Membrane Module Tubesheet for Industrial Separations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41682
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1998
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
12345 West 52nd Avenue
Wheat Ridg, CO 80033
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Kevin Gleason
 Principal Engineer
 (303) 940-2310
Business Contact
 Mr. John D. Wright
Title: Vice President
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Research Institution

An Improved Membrane Module Tubesheet for Industrial Separations--TDA Research, Inc., 12345 West 52nd Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916;
(303) 940-2300
Dr. Kevin Gleason, Principal Investigator
Mr. John D. Wright, Business Official
DOE Grant No. DE-FG03-98ER82691
Amount: $75,000

In spite of impressive advancements in membrane separations technologies, their use in the chemical and petrochemical industries has been limited. One reason is that the very process streams, to which membranes separations could contribute the most, either chemically attack the current potting materials that seal the tubes or are at temperatures above the working limits of the epoxy tubesheets. This project will increase the range of applications in which membranes can be used by improving the epoxies used to form the tubesheets, making them more chemically and thermally stable, more resistant to organic solvents, and with improved mechanical properties. In Phase I, a series of reactive organic-inorganic curing agents will be synthesized and characterized. These will be added into current epoxy formulations, cured, and the resulting tubesheet materials will be evaluated for mechanical, thermal, and solvent resistance behavior.

Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: If this project is successful, membrane based separations should be extended into industrial applications, such as organic-organic separations at elevated temperatures, that are currently too harsh for current membrane potting materials._

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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