Novel Nanoporous Polymer Membranes for Gas and Vapor Separation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-05ER84243
Award Id:
72311
Agency Tracking Number:
78040S05-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1360 Willow Road, Suite 103, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
IngoPannau
Dr.
(650) 328-2228
ipin@mtrinc.com
Business Contact:
ElizabethWeiss
Ms.
(650) 328-2228
egweiss@mtrinc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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