Novel Nanoporous Polymer Membranes for Gas and Vapor Separation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-05ER84243
Agency Tracking Number: 78040S05-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: 19
Solicitation Number: DE-FG02-06ER06-09
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (mtr)
1360 Willow Road, Suite 103, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ingo Pannau
 (650) 328-2228
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Weiss
Title: Ms.
Phone: (650) 328-2228
Research Institution
78040S The separation of value-added products from hydrocarbons is a widespread, process in the energy industries process. This project will develop a new class of nanoporous polymer membranes that has exceptional permeation characteristics for hydrocarbon/hydrogen and hydrocarbon/methane separation in refinery and natural gas applications. In Phase I, a nanoporous, polydioxane-based polymer will be synthesized, and its gas sorption, diffusion, and permeability properties will be evaluated. Defect-free, thin-film composite membranes will be made and their pure- and mixed-gas permeation properties will be determined. The permeation data will be used in a preliminary technical and economic analysis for using the membranes in refinery and natural gas applications. In Phase II, the membranes will be scaled-up, made into commercial-size spiral-wound modules, and tested at refinery and natural gas field sites. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Currently, membrane separation has only a small share of the total hydrocarbon/hydrogen and hydrocarbon/methane separation market in refinery and natural gas applications. Membranes with improved permeability and selectivity should lower the cost of membrane processes and substantially increase the membrane market share.

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