SBIR Phase I: Economical separation of heavy metals dissolved in acidic streams generated by industrial processes and mining operations

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0946074
Agency Tracking Number: 0946074
Amount: $137,675.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: BC
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
Tusaar
1900 15TH ST, Boulder, CO, 80302
DUNS: 830791260
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Craig Sprain
 PhD
 (303) 882-0922
 craig.sprain@tusaar.com
Business Contact
 Craig Sprain
Title: PhD
Phone: (303) 882-0922
Email: craig.sprain@tusaar.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I project will develop a relatively simple and economical method to separate heavy metals from acidic streams in industry and environmental operations. The project will use techniques for bonding chemicals to an activated carbon carrier to create a metal-ion binding material. These metal ions can be removed by using strong acid solutions while regenerating the material for reuse. The broader/commercial impacts of the proposed project will be the substitution of an inexpensive ion-exchange material for the more costly ion-exchange resins based on polymeric organic compounds. Success in this Phase I project will lead to products that can serve specific applications in the nuclear, industrial, and environmental fields.

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