New Fabrication Technique for Ultrathin Membranes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85303
Agency Tracking Number: 90276
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 12 a
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
335 Water Street, Newport, DE, 19804
DUNS: 808898894
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Nemser
 (302) 999-7996
Business Contact
 Stuart Nemser
Title: Dr.
Phone: (302) 999-7996
Research Institution
Higher gas transport membranes would enhance membrane separations, especially those associated with energy savings (e.g., oxygen or nitrogen enriched air). In these systems, gas transport is inversely proportional to the thickness of the membrane¿s active layer. This project will explore a novel route for preparing ultrathin (100-1000 angstroms) membranes with very high selectivity. First, membranes with ultrathin dense skins will be prepared. Then, these ultrathin membranes will be evaluated in various gas separations, with a focus on oxygen enriched air. Finally, the economics of these ultrathin membranes will be analyzed to determine their contribution to energy savings in gas separations and associated membrane-based processes. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: This is a platform technology. The ultrathin membranes should have significant impact related to energy savings in industrial processes. The specific focus will be on reducing the costs of making high purity nitrogen enriched air and oxygen enriched air

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