Permselective Membrane for Separation of Aromatic-Aliphatic Mixtures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-12ER90273
Agency Tracking Number: 98971
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 18 b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000577
Small Business Information
184 Cedar Hill St., Marlborough, MA, 01752-3017
DUNS: 012925504
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Decio Coutinho
 (508) 481-5058
Business Contact
 Mark Fokema
Title: Dr.
Phone: (508) 481-5058
Research Institution
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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