SBIR Phase I: Fluorocarbon Production with Germanium tetrafluoride

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0637438
Agency Tracking Number: 0637438
Amount: $99,287.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: MI
Solitcitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
International Isotopes Inc.
1359 Commerce Way, St. Leon Industrial Park, Idaho Falls, ID, 83401
Duns: 933155509
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bamidele Omotowa
 (208) 524-1723
Business Contact
 Bamidele Omotowa
Title: PhD
Phone: (208) 524-1723
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project shall investigate the use of germanium tetrafluoride (GeF4), and antimony Sb(V) as a catalyst for GeF4 fluorination to develop a new and more efficient process for the production of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. There have been unsuccessful attempts to use GeF4 for fluorination of chlorocarbons. However, it is believed that those experiments failed because they used uncatalyzed GeF4. Several manufactures have already begun investing in new HFC manufacturing capability. Use of Chlorofluorocarobons (CFC's) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC's) as refrigerants is a $28 billion dollar industry. Environmental concerns with HCFC and CFC has led to requirements that those ozone depleting products be completely eliminated by 2030 and HFC's gradually phased in to replace them. The results obtained from this project will help to identify the most promising commercial opportunities to exploit from this innovation and determine how useful the process would be for application in high volume production.

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