SBIR Phase I: New Synthetic Approaches to Higher Performance, Lower Cost CO2/CH4 Gas Separation Membranes

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0610762
Agency Tracking Number: 0610762
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: NSF 05-605
Small Business Information
657 South Mechanic Street, Pendleton, SC, 29670
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Earl Wagener
 (864) 653-4339
Business Contact
 Earl Wagener
Title: Dr
Phone: (864) 653-4339
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project describes innovative synthetic approaches utilizing perfluorocyclobutyl (PFCB) polymer platform technology to create commercially attractive membrane materials for removal of CO2 from natural gas. These new to the gas membrane art polymer structures will be differentiated from current commercial products through excellent CO2/methane separation performance combined with the ability to resist the plasticization and/or intersegmental packing by hydrocarbons during operation. Our proprietary research objectives involve synthesizing new PFCB structures having unique rigid backbones, new functionalities, application of crosslinking, nanocomposites, and increasing fluorine content. Strong societal and commercial impact comes from the fact that natural gas currently provides more than one-fifth of all primary energy used in the United States and 17% of all domestic raw natural gas must be treated to remove carbon dioxide before transportation. The membrane market itself is now over $200 million, and since competing processes largely involve expensive energy intensive phase changes and membranes do not, this market is expected to grow in the coming years. Successful results will be readily transferable to other high value hydrocarbon separations, such as propane/propylene.

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