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High Temperature Membrane Reactors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER86305
Agency Tracking Number: 82714
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 08 b
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
325 Water Street
Wilmington, DE 19804
United States
DUNS: 808898894
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Sudipto Majumdar
 (302) 999-7996
Business Contact
 Stuart Nemser
Title: Dr
Phone: (302) 999-7996
Research Institution
 Kansas State University
 Paul R Lowe
2 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506 1103
United States

 (785) 532-6804
 Nonprofit College or University

Membrane reactors have the potential to improve the reactivity, productivity, and energy efficiency of various chemical syntheses including transesterification. To be of value, the membrane reactors must provide a higher use temperature, improved chemical resistance and better mass transfer. This project will evaluate the use of a high temperature, high mass transfer membrane system to enhance transesterification reactivity. First, novel membrane modules with improved upper-use temperature, chemical resistance, and mass transfer will be fabricated. Then, the modules will be tested to demonstrate enhanced transesterification. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new membrane reactors should impact a broad platform of chemical reactions, leading to energy savings of over 50 trillion BTU/yr. The products impacted include fuel grade ethanol and pipeline ethanol.

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