Novel Platform for Enhanced Membrane Reactors for Homogeneous Catalysis

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-06ER84529
Award Id:
81186
Agency Tracking Number:
80321S06-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
325 Water Street, Wilmington, DE, 19804
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Stuart Nemser
Dr.
(302) 999-7996
snemser@compactmembrane.com
Business Contact:
Nadine Lester
Ms.
(302) 999-7996
nlester@compactmembrane.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Catalysis plays a substantial role in the synthesis of the most U.S. commodity chemicals, with huge implications for energy usage. Membrane reactors have been proposed for a number of these syntheses. However, to be competitive with conventional technologies, membrane reactors must demonstrate better selectivity, permeability, and/or stability. This project will develop a novel platform with key features for broad membrane reactor utilization. These features will offer significant advantages compared to existing membranes (e.g., polyvinyl alcohol) and other unit operations (e.g., molecular sieve dryers). In Phase I, the membrane reactor will be fabricated. A representative homogeneous catalysis system will be selected to demonstrate that the reactor can provide an enhanced reaction rate with minimum energy consumption. Finally, an economic analysis will be conducted. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new membrane reactors should be applicable to a broad platform of chemical reactions, which produce well over 5 billion pounds of product annually, with a potential energy savings of over 50 trillion BTU/yr.

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