Award of $100,000 National Science Foundation SBIR research grant is for commercialization of on-site generated AOP chemistry.
MIOX Corp., a leader in innovative electrochemical treatment technologies, announced it has received a Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships (TECP) award from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $100,000. This research grant allows MIOX to leap forward in the commercialization of lower cost Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) technology for groundwater remediation and water reuse applications.
NSF’s TECP program is specifically designed to provide bridge funding when a technology developed under the SBIR program stirs commercial interest. Partnering with global leaders in the Microelectronics and Aerospace industries, MIOX has identified and started developing applications for an economical AOP technology.
“This award from the NSF allows our project team to move the technology developed under the SBIR program out to a larger commercial arena,” says Dr. Susan Rivera, MIOX manager of research and development, MIOX. “MIOX’s AOP technology will be able to solve numerous water treatment challenges at a lower cost per gallon and with less environmental impact.”
The new AOP technology combines MIOX’s core technology of on-site generation of chlorine in a controlled environment with ultraviolet light to produce highly reactive hydroxyl radicals. These radicals are then harnessed to destroy a wide variety of organic contaminants found in water, including hydrocarbon chains, trichloroethylene (TCE), endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), pesticides and pharmaceuticals.
“On site generated chlorine-based AOP can be as effective as a traditional AOP at removing organics chemicals but has substantially lower operating expenses for many treatment scenarios,” according to Dr. Andrew Boal, MIOX senior scientist and project leader for AOP technology development, MIOX.