Novel Platform for Enhanced Membrane Reactors for Homogeneous Catalysis

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
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:
808898894
Principal Investigator:
StuartNemser
Dr
(302) 999-7996
snemser@compactmembrane.com
Business Contact:
StuartNemser
Dr
(302) 999-7996
snemser@compactmembrane.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Membrane reactors have been proposed for a number of syntheses. However, to be competitive with conventional technologies, membrane reactors must provide better selectivity, permeability, and stability. This project will develop a novel platform with enhanced membrane permeability and stability, as needed for broad membrane reactor utilization. In Phase I, a chemically resistant membrane reactor, based on novel composite membranes, was fabricated. Large improvements in reaction rate, yield, and subsequent ease of downstream separation were demonstrated. The results suggested 35% energy savings. Phase II will fabricate larger prototype hollow fiber membrane reactors, which will provide not only the needed chemical and thermal resistance but also the desired flux and separation properties. Enhanced homogeneous catalysis will be demonstrated for specific esterification processes. The system will be field tested, and an economic evaluation will be performed. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The enhanced membrane reactors should impact a broad platform of chemical reactions that produce over 5 billion pounds of product annually. Over 50 trillion BTU of energy could be saved each year.

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