High Surface Area-to-Volume Ultrathin Dense Membrane for Hydrogen Separation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER86468
Agency Tracking Number: 94677
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 10 c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000161
Small Business Information
1839 Noble Road, Arden Hills, MN, 55112-7834
DUNS: 145591256
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Chung-Yi Tsai
 Dr.
 (763) 784-1585
 Andy.Tsai@t3sci.com
Business Contact
 Chung-Yi Tsai
Title: Dr.
Phone: (763) 784-1585
Email: Andy.Tsai@t3sci.com
Research Institution
 University of New Mexico
 1 University of New Mexico
MSC01 1120
Albuquerque, NM, 87131-
 () -
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Providing a reliable, clean and economical energy source is a priority of the US government. The challenge is to use coal, a secured and economical energy source, to produce clean hydrogen fuel to support domestic and global green economy with near-zero emission. Conventional separation technology and even developmental technology do not satisfy all of the requirements for hydrogen production from coal, especially for high temperature and in the presence of contaminants. This proposal is to develop a novel high surface area ultrathin dense silica membrane for the production of high-purity hydrogen at elevated temperatures. The proposed membrane is designed to have high flux, high selectivity, high resistance to contaminants, be able to handle high pressure and temperature, is durable and at the same time economical. The success of this membrane will be a springboard for the development of a combined syngas purification, water-gas-shift and hydrogen separation to support DOEs hydrogen project mission. Its success ensures reduction in foreign crude oil dependency, alleviates environmental concerns, secures primary energy resource, provides competitive advantage for the energy-related industries, and chain-benefits to many other fields, such as chemical, refinery, transportation and consumer products.

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