STTR Phase I: Arsenic and Selenium Remediation and Recovery with Immobilized Metal Polyamine Composites

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0610506
Agency Tracking Number: 0610506
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: NSF 05-605
Small Business Information
3116 Old Pond Road, Missoula, MT, 59802
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carolyn Hart
 (406) 532-3237
Business Contact
 Carolyn Hart
Phone: (406) 532-3237
Research Institution
 Univ of MT
 Edward Rosenberg
 Univ of MT
Missoula, MT, 59812
 (406) 243-2592
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will advance the ability to remove arsenate, arsenite, selenate and selenite from surface waters and waste streams using Immobilized Metal Polyamine Composites (IMPACs). Preliminary studies using tetravalent zirconium on a silica polyamine composite showed good selectivity and led to an efficient process for stripping the arsenate, selenate or selenite without leaching the zirconium from the composite. The contamination of surface waters and aquifers with arsenic and selenium is a ubiquitous problem owing to the presence of these anions in mining and industrial waste streams and as a result of geothermal mobilization of arsenic. Tremendous effort has gone into developing remediation technologies and although many hold promise for site specific applications they suffer from several key disadvantages including high operating cost, low selectivity and generation of huge amounts of sludge as a byproduct. Development of an adaptable series of durable anion exchange materials would have a broad impact on the mining, metal processing and remediation industries. Development of the proposed IMPAC products will have a large impact in the Northwestern U. S. where there are hundreds of abandoned and operating mine sites with arsenic and selenium containing waste streams in holding tanks or surface waters.

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