Enhanced Sludge Dewatering with Improved Odor Control

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0945199
Agency Tracking Number: 0945199
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: NM
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
DUNS: 042939277
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Runqing Ou
 (732) 868-3141
Business Contact
 Runqing Ou
Title: DPhil
Phone: (732) 868-3141
Email: gskandan@neicorporation.com
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will advance the state-of-the-art in dewatering of industrial and municipal sludges in general and oily sludges in particular. The project will evaluate the use of nanoparticle materials to reduce polymer use and odor potential, increase cake solids, and reduce dewatering costs for oil refinery sludge. The project will use nanoscale materials with different architectures and surface characteristics to address dewatering of oily sludges. The final task in the project, developing plans for a field study with a practical dewatering technology, will be key for proceeding to commercialization. The broader/commercial impacts of the proposed project will be the development of a new class of dewatering aids for oily refinery sludge. The result will be improved efficiency and better odor control for industrial oily sludges. In addition, dewatering using nanoscale additives has the potential to increase the percent solids in the dewatering cake, leading to a lower carbon footprint through lower vehicle emissions.

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