Process Separations

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $300,000

Fields of work: Chemical Engineering

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity, For-Profit Business, College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Overview:

The Process Separations program is part of the Chemical Process Systems cluster, which includes also

  • Catalysis;
  • Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics; and
  • Energy for Sustainability.

    The Process Separations program supports research focused on novel methods and materials for separation processes, such as those central to the chemical, biochemical, bioprocessing, materials, energy, and pharmaceutical industries. A fundamental understanding of the interfacial, transport, and thermodynamic behavior of multiphase chemical systems as well as quantitative descriptions of processing characteristics in the process-oriented industries is critical for efficient resource management and effective environmental protection. The program encourages proposals that address long standing challenges and emerging research areas and technologies, have a high degree of interdisciplinary work coupled with the generation of fundamental knowledge, and the integration of education and research.

    Research topics of particular interest include fundamental molecular-level work on:

    • Design of scalable mass separating agents and/or a mechanistic understanding of the interfacial thermodynamics and transport phenomena that relate to purification of gases, chemicals, or water
    • Design or improvement of mass separation agents or processes that are based upon, and advance, transport principles
      • Downstream purification of biologically derived chemicals for increased throughput
      • Field (flow, magnetic, electrical) induced separations and other innovative approaches that address a significant reduction in energy and/or materials requirements in the process industries

      NOTE: Proposals concerning the separation of components from blood with simultaneous detection using sensors for the purpose of biomedical diagnostic should be redirected to the Nano-Biosensing program (7909). Proposals that deal with deployment or improved performance of existing materials for water purification should be redirected to the Environmental Engineering program (1440). 

      Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas may be considered. However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.

      The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years. The typical award size for the program is around $100,000 per year. Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.

      You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

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      This page was last reviewed August 05, 2017 and last updated August 05, 2017