Nanoporous Aerogels for the Absorption of Hydrocarbons in Contaminated Water

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0944961
Agency Tracking Number: 0944961
Amount: $149,956.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: BC
Solitcitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
Aspen Aerogels Inc.
30 FORBES RD, BLDG B, NORTHBOROUGH, MA, 01532
Duns: 012924069
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Redouane Begag
 PhD
 (508) 466-3124
 rbegag@aerogel.com
Business Contact
 Redouane Begag
Title: PhD
Phone: (508) 466-3124
Email: rbegag@aerogel.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I project will develop an aerogel separation medium for removal of both oily residues and dissolved organics from wastewaters. Flexible blankets will cover the surface of the wastewater and will follow a conventional separation step for removal of colloidal and dissolved organics. The material will be regenerated by extraction with super-critical carbon dioxide. The broader/commercial impacts of the proposed project will be a faster and more cost effective treatment process for various wastewaters such as from oil spills and from petroleum and petrochemical operations. Current methods are not able to collect such hydrocarbon wastes inexpensively.

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