SBIR Phase I: Replacement of Toxic and Polluting Cleaning Processes Using Vacuum Cycle Nucleation

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0945074
Agency Tracking Number: 0945074
Amount: $140,050.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: BC
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
40 Minnesota Ave., Warwick, RI, 02888
DUNS: 783909013
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Raifman
 (401) 732-6677
Business Contact
 Stuart Raifman
Title: MS
Phone: (401) 732-6677
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a vacuum-based cleaning process that relies on the tendency of vapor bubbles to form at surface crevices where contaminate particles lodge. Upon implosion, the bubbles release a large amount of localized energy meant to dislodge particles. By focusing energy at the surface, less energy is required than in processes which add a lot of heat or energy equally across the entire solvent stream. The broader societal/commercial impact of this project will be to reduce the amount of chemicals, energy, and water required for cleaning parts. It also reduces the need for hazardous cleaning solvents which create environmental and health risks. Potential applications for this cleaning process range from auto to medical and semiconductor parts.

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