SBIR Phase II: Solid Acid Catalyst with Optimally Distributed Active Sites

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0548636
Agency Tracking Number: 0419242
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 04-604
Small Business Information
Exelus, Inc.
99 Dorsa Avenue, Livingston, NJ, 07039
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mitrajit Mukherjee
 Mr
 (973) 740-2350
 mmukherjee@exelusinc.com
Business Contact
 Mitrajit Mukherjee
Title: Mr
Phone: (973) 740-2350
Email: mmukherjee@exelusinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project aims to develop a practical, cost-effective solid-acid catalyst alkylation technology, which will be an economically viable replacement for current alkylation processes, which use toxic liquid acids such as HF and H2SO4. The new technology will significantly reduce capital cost and operating expenses by using a novel multifunctional solid-acid catalyst that produces high-octane ultra-clean gasoline in a simple fixed-bed reactor. The multifunctional solid-acid catalyst significantly outperforms conventional solid-acid catalyst both in terms of catalyst activity and long-term stability. The octane number of the alkylate product obtained using this new catalyst is substantially higher than that obtained using a conventional solid-acid catalyst. Fifty refineries in the US use hydrofluoric acid (HF) in their alkylation units. The new "green" iso-paraffin alkylation technology is an economically viable alternative to HF catalyzed processes, which would eliminate such risks posed by toxic liquid acids. The multifunctional catalyst promises significantly improves yields and selectivities, minimizing waste by-products and disposal problems associated with liquid acids, and reduces CO2 emissions.

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