Molecule Works Inc., Richland, WA, US
Two new membrane product platforms are developed by Molecule Works Inc. (MWI) with addressable market of tens of billions US dollar per year. The proprietary manufacturing processes are demonstrated at pilot scales. MWI is looking for investors or partners to move the technology into production stage. One type of membrane is made of thin porous metal sheets, which look like a metal foil but provides uniform pores at sub-micrometer level. The thin porous metal sheet can be used for filtering of bacteria, virus and small particulates from gas or liquid fluid streams with advantages of high flux, and chemical and thermal stability. For example, the thin porous metal sheet can completely filter out various carbon black or soot particulates. Another type of membrane is made by growing molecular sieve membranes on the thin porous metal sheet. The molecular sieve membranes can be used for molecular separation, such as removal of water from air, gas or liquids. Its exceptional performances are demonstrated for dehumidification of hot humid air and for dewatering of ethanol fuels. The thin membrane sheets can be packaged into a compact membrane module or device for processing of large volume gas or liquid fluids.
Primary Application Area: Energy, Efficiency, Resilience
Technology Development Status: Ready to Market
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 6
Vetted Programs/Awards: The technology development has been supported by several highly competitive DOE awards, which include DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office's Energy-Intensive Program, DOE APRA-E's BEETIT (building efficiency) program, ARPA-E's BEETIT/NAVY program, and ARPA-E's REFUEL program.
Organization Type: Early-mid-stage Startup
Showcase Booth #: 36
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
External Funding to Date: Private investment