REVERSO-OSMOSIS MEMBRANES FOR REMOVAL OF LOW-MOLECULAR-WEIGHT ORGANICS FROM WATER

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$49,950.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
17094
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Bend Research Inc
64550 Research Rd, Bend, OR, 97701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 () -
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
REVERSE OSMOSIS IS A MEMBRANE PROCESS THAT HAS THE POTENTIALTO IMPROVE SIGNIFICANTLY WASTE-WATER RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY FOR USE IN SPACE, AND TO ELIMINATE OR REDUCE THE NEED FOR THE EXPENDABLE POLISHING BEDS REQUIRED BY EXISTING WASTE-TREATMENT SUBSYSTEMS. HOWEVER, TO REALIZE THIS PROMISE, REVERSE-OSMOSIS (RO) MEMBRANES MUST BE DEVELOPED THAT CAN REMOVE LOW-MOLECULAR-WEIGHT ORGANICS FROM WASTE WATER. THIS PROJECT WILL DEVELOP SUCH A NEW CLASS OF RO MEMBRANES. THE GOAL OF THE PHASE I PROGRAM IS TO DEMONSTRATE THAT LOW-MOLECULAR-WEIGHT ORGANICS CAN BE REJECTED BY RO MEMBRANES MADE FROM MATERIALS SELECTED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS APPLICATION. IN A SUBSEQUENT PHASE II, THESE MEMBRANES WOULD BE OPTIMIZED. PROTOTYPE MODULES CONTAINING THESE MEMBRANES WOULD THEN BE SYNTHESIZED AND EXTENSIVELY TESTED. FULL-SCALE MODULES WOULD BE DELIVERED TO NASA FOR USE IN RO SYSTEMS CURRENTLY OWNED BY NASA. REVERSE OSMOSIS IS A MEMBRANE PROCESS THAT HAS THE POTENTIALTO IMPROVE SIGNIFICANTLY WASTE-WATER RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY FOR USE IN SPACE, AND TO ELIMINATE OR REDUCE THE NEED FOR THE EXPENDABLE POLISHING BEDS REQUIRED BY EXISTING WASTE-TREATMENT SUBSYSTEMS. HOWEVER, TO REALIZE THIS PROMISE, REVERSE-OSMOSIS (RO) MEMBRANES MUST BE DEVELOPED THAT CAN REMOVE LOW-MOLECULAR-WEIGHT ORGANICS FROM WASTE WATER. THIS PROJECT WILL DEVELOP SUCH A NEW CLASS OF RO MEMBRANES. THE GOAL OF THE PHASE I PROGRAM IS TO DEMONSTRATE THAT LOW-MOLECULAR-WEIGHT ORGANICS CAN BE REJECTED BY RO MEMBRANES MADE FROM MATERIALS SELECTED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS APPLICATION. IN A SUBSEQUENT PHASE II, THESE MEMBRANES WOULD BE OPTIMIZED. PROTOTYPE MODULES CONTAINING THESE MEMBRANES WOULD THEN BE SYNTHESIZED AND EXTENSIVELY TESTED. FULL-SCALE MODULES WOULD BE DELIVERED TO NASA FOR USE IN RO SYSTEMS CURRENTLY OWNED BY NASA.

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