Permselective Membrane for Separation of Aromatic-Aliphatic Mixtures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-12ER90273
Agency Tracking Number:
98971
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
18 b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000577
Small Business Information
Aspen Products Group, Inc.
184 Cedar Hill St., Marlborough, MA, 01752-3017
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
012925504
Principal Investigator:
Decio Coutinho
Dr.
(508) 481-5058
dcoutinho@aspensystems.com
Business Contact:
Mark Fokema
Dr.
(508) 481-5058
fokema@aspensystems.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The capability to efficiently separate aromatic hydrocarbons from aliphatic hydrocarbons is desirable for a wide variety of petrochemical processes. Liquid-liquid extraction is most commonly used to separate aromatics from aliphatics, but the existing process is complex, energy intensive, and costly. A composite membrane with high aromatics selectivity and permeability will be developed in the proposed program. The membrane will exhibit better permeation characteristics than polymeric membranes currently under development for aromatics- aliphatics separation, facilitating improved petrochemical process efficiencies. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Application of the proposed technology within petrochemical plants will reduce the cost of ethylene, propylene, benzene, toluene, and xylene production

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