Low-heat Process for the Production of High-value Micro- and Nano-materials from Metallic Wastes

Low-heat Process for the Production of High-value Micro- and Nano-materials from Metallic Wastes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0018791
Agency Tracking Number: 237701
Amount: $149,999.73
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2018
Solicitation Year: 2018
Solicitation Topic Code: 06c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001771
Small Business Information
3115 Almond Road, Ames, IA, 50014-4624
DUNS: 080399380
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christophe Frankiewicz
 (515) 509-9992
 chris@sep-all.com
Business Contact
 Christophe Frankiewicz
Phone: (515) 509-9992
Email: chris@sep-all.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In topic 6C, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) emphasizes the need for “innovative approaches (…) that use low/no direct application of heat to transform materials into higher value products.” Sep-All LLC provides a novel low-heat technology platform enabling the extraction of metallic elements from waste streams while adding a value to the materials through their conversion into high-value micro- and nano-materials. Sep-All unique technology is a platform based on chemo-mechanical stresses and interface metastability at the microscale to drive a controlled separation of mixed sources into high-value micro- and nano-materials of purified compounds (e.g. oxides, acetates), without the need to operate at high temperatures. Sep-All plans to extend its product line to the fabrication of ‘critical materials’ (materials with high supply risks and high environmental impact during ore processing). Sep- All has proved the applicability (in a laboratory setting) of the technology for the recovery of neodymium (a rare-earth element) from hard-drive magnet wastes and indium. More R&D efforts must be carried to establish the commercial relevance and viability of the manufacturing operations. In addition to the health and environmental benefits offered by Sep-All’s novel technological approach, our innovative platform could also potentially decrease U.S. interdependency on other countries for the supply stream of critical materials (e.g. the U.S. relies on China for >90% of their supply Neodymium and Indium), which is also a DOE priority.

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