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Stabilizing Hydraulic Fluid by Removing Water

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER86268
Agency Tracking Number: 80860T06-I
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 21
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Solicitation Year: 2006
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: Mr
Phone: (302) 999-7996
Research Institution
 New Jersey Institute of Technology
 Kamalesh K Sirkar
University Heights 340 Fenster Hall
Newark, NJ 7102
United States

 (973) 596-8447
 Nonprofit College or University

In the electrical power, steel production, and aluminum production industries, flame retardant, phosphate-ester hydraulic fluids are used to minimize fires. Although these fluids accomplish the fire-minimization task, they are unstable, which causes performance to suffer with attendant losses in productivity. This project will develop novel, chemically-resistant high-flux membranes that can remove the chemical reactants that make these hydraulic fluids unstable. The resultant process will be performed on-line, thereby minimizing degradation and enhancing productivity. Phase I will first design and fabricate custom membrane systems. Candidates will be screened for feasibility; then, enhanced performance and stability will be demonstrated, using a commercial flare-retardant phosphate ester. This step will be followed by long-term testing and economic analysis. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The underlying technology concerns the removal of small undesirable molecules (e.g. oxygen, water) from organic liquids. Although the current application focuses on stabilizing flame retardant, phosphate-ester hydraulic fluids for power plants, steel plants and aluminum plants, many other petrochemical streams (e.g., oxygen removal from monomers, removal of gases from transformer oil) would be candidate applications for the technology.

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