Nanoporous Membrane for Medical Grade Water Generation

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,760.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC07QA84P
Agency Tracking Number:
060406
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
T3.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
H-Cubed, Inc.
8301 Trumpetor Way, Raleigh, NC, 27613-4583
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
136949661
Principal Investigator:
Shuvo Roy
Principal Investigator
() -
ROYS@ccf.org
Business Contact:
Ken Goldman
VP & CTO
(440) 241-1413
kgoldman@h-cubed.com
Research Institution:
Cleveland Clinic
Not Available
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH, 44195
(216) 444-5223
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
For NASA exploration missions to the Moon and Mars, medical grade water generation is a necessity. Adsorption filter technology has shown some promise, but requires transport of disposable/replacement filter cartridges, which adds to the overall mass/volume of the system for medical grade water generation. Distillation and reverse osmosis are other techniques that are used to generate medical grade water. However, power requirements, processing rates, and microgravity affects render these techniques undesirable for NASA missions. Therefore, we propose to develop a compact, low-power nanofiltration system for the generation of medical grade water. The key nanofiltration component will be a soda can-sized package housing a stack of silicon nanoporous membranes to process onboard potable water. The system would generate ~2 liters/hour of purified water with <1 psi differential driving pressure. In Phase 1, we would complete fabrication of silicon nanoporous membranes, test them for nanofiltration of endotoxins, and develop an optimized design for the next generation of miniaturized nanoporous membranes. In Phase 2, we would fabricate the optimized design, manufacture a portable medical grade water generator based on the optimized design, and test the system for endotoxin filtration.

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