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A Novel, Nanostructured, Metal-Organic Frameworks-Based Pretreatment Technology for the Remediation of PFAS in Industrial Wastewater

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: 68HERD19C0012
Agency Tracking Number: B181C-0005
Amount: $99,999.99
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 18-NCER-1C
Solicitation Number: 68HE0D18R0010
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-10-31
Small Business Information
4023 Kennett Pike #942, Wilmington, DE, 19807-2018
DUNS: 051186760
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Osman K. 'Ray' Ozdemir
 Chief Operating Officer
 (218) 899-0869
Business Contact
 Jason Ornstein
Title: Executive Director
Phone: (713) 701-5490
Research Institution
Per- and polyflouralkyl substances, otherwise known as PFAS, are a large group of chemicals including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). These chemicals have a large variety of uses globally. Remediation of PFAS has gained importance due to their environmental persistence and toxicity.

Water treatment methods must combine multiple strategies to be effective, as PFAS are commonly found in complex mixtures in the environment. To address the growing environmental concerns around persistent PFAS contamination, novel remediation methods, combining the strengths of multiple strategies, are needed urgently.

In the proposed activity, framergy, Inc., in collaboration with Texas A&M University (TAMU), will develop a novel water pretreatment system which combines the use of a cutting-edge nanostructured sorbent for effective removal of PFAS by leveraging its highly selective adsorption and easily activated photocatalytic properties. At the heart of the technology is its innovative, chemically stable, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) which can be tailored for selective PFAS and PFOS capture, and breakdown under UV or sunlight.
This novel solution brings the advantages of MOFs' high PFAS adsorption capacity and visible-light photocatalytic remediation. It eliminates the frequent changeout of leading adsorbent alternatives and reaction retention time limitations of conventional chemical reduction technologies

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