Sulfur-Resistant, Ultrathin Dense Membrane for Production of High Purity Hydrogen

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER86334
Agency Tracking Number: 86203
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 57 b
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-07ER07-36
Small Business Information
T3 Scientific, Llc
1839 Noble Road, Arden Hills, MN, 55112
DUNS: 145591256
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chung-Yi Tsai
 (763) 784-1585
Business Contact
 Chung-Yi Tsai
Title: Dr
Phone: (763) 784-1585
Research Institution
 Sandia National Lab
 Alma Giron
 1515Eubank, SE
Albuquerque, NM, 87185
 (505) 845-0011
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
The use of coal, a secure and economical energy source, to produce a clean hydrogen fuel with near-zero emission would support the domestic and global green economy. A membrane is the most economical approach to meet the challenges of this process. This project will develop a defect free membrane that has high flux, high selectivity, and high resistance to contaminants; is able to handle high pressure and temperature; and is durable and economical. The approach is to carefully choose materials that meet most of these criteria, and then employ coating and assembly techniques to achieve the rest. Various operational conditions will be evaluated in Phase I to determine feasibility. This will be followed by a prototype demonstration for hydrogen purification in Phase II. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Commercial applications for this membrane should include the development of chemical, refinery, transportation, and consumer products. For example, the new membrane could be used to recover hydrogen from the oil refining process and to adjust the syngas ratio for downstream Fischer Tropsch reaction. It also could be used as a membrane reactor for dehydrogenation or hydrogenation chemical processes to boost the yield of desired products

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