Joining of Advanced SiCf/SiCm Composites for Fusion Energy Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-01ER83206
Agency Tracking Number: 65289S01-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1155 William Pitt Way, Pittsburgh, PA, 15238
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Liu
 (412) 826-3721
Business Contact
 Paul Liu
Title: President
Phone: (412) 826-3721
Research Institution
65289 Catalytic membrane reactors offer enhanced productivity and improved energy efficiency for several key reactive separation processes in the chemical and refinery industries. Although the concept has been verified experimentally, existing membranes have failed to be commercially implemented, primarily due to their lack of material stability in the application environment. This project will utilize an innovative hydrogen selective silicon carbide (SiC) membrane to demonstrate a commercially viable catalytic membrane reactor process. This membrane has demonstrated excellent material stability, required for methane steam reforming and dehydrogenation via a catalytic membrane reactor. Phase I will conduct a bench-top experimental study using this selected membrane to demonstrate the benefits of reactive separations for an industrially significant reaction, hydrogen production via methane steam reforming. In addition, the hydrothermal and chemical stability of the SiC membrane under reaction conditions will be experimentally verified. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by awardee: In addition to methane steam reforming, the hydrogen selective SiC membrane reactor should have applicability to other reactive separation processes, including various dehydrogenations and H2S decomposition.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government