SBIR Phase I: Effective Revamping of Idle MTBE Units

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0610167
Agency Tracking Number: 0610167
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: NSF 05-605
Small Business Information
Exelus, Inc.
99 Dorsa Avenue, Livingston, NJ, 07039
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mitrajit Mukherjee
 (973) 740-2350
Business Contact
 Mitrajit Mukherjee
Title: Mr
Phone: (973) 740-2350
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project proposes a new process to revamp idled catalytic distillation-based MTBE plants to make alkylate (a clean, high-octane gasoline additive) from field butanes. Phase I of this SBIR project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of the new process chemistry in terms of the achievable reaction rates and catalyst stability in bench-scale reactors. The reduction in energy consumption will also be determined. Finally, a preliminary economic evaluation will be performed to determine if the proposed process can be implemented in a cost-effective way. Converting idled CD-MTBE plants to produce alkylate increases US domestic refining capacity at a minimal cost. The alkylate produced is clean and non-toxic, without the water contamination concerns of MTBE or other oxygenates. Alkylate can also help replace the octane lost by the removal of MTBE from the gasoline pool. The process should also yield significant energy savings compared to MTBE production.

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