Air Powered Artificial Lungs and other High Efficiency Fluid Reactors
Our Fluid Reactor is a sealed device where the composition of the primary fluid is altered through interaction with a secondary fluid(s) through the asymmetric porous sidewalls of parallel fluid channels while at least one component of the primary fluid remains within the channels and then exits the reactor. Some of our patent pending high efficiency fluid reactor system solutions enable improvements to existing Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) products utilized in heart lung machines. Our fluid reactor technology can also be customized for other applications. Our fluid reactor design utilizes a family of Reactor Core Elements (RCEs) each containing straight fluid channels surrounded by an open porous cellular network material having a bi-continuous phase structure of modified vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (c-VACNT™). Due to this structure, our RCEs inherently have a 5-15X higher active fluid-fluid interaction surface area (per given device volume) when compared to traditional spiral or porous hollow fiber membrane-based fluid reactors. These RCEs are manufactured through a combination of photolithography, chemical vapor deposition, separation and additional follow-on processing steps.
Klong Luang, Pathumthani
Diagnostics and treatment of several infectious airborne diseases are costly. In several countries, governments subsidize this cost, as cases of infections keep emerging. As several outbreaks of virulent airborne microbes have raised public awareness and concerns, nanofiltration has been a focal point in research and development towards clean air. Even though several research groups have studied and fabricated nanofibrous membranes, fabrications into practical nanofilters have not been reported or realized. The lack of practical applications come from the limitations of the nanomembranes related to physical integrity, mechanical robustness and durability. We have developed and patented an innovation related to multifunctional nanofibrous membranes capable of eliminating airborne Tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. Generated were hierarchical and multicomponent interwoven networks of nanofibers forming an ultrafine physical barrier able to block nano to micro-sized microbes such as TB bacteria. Model nanofilters were then fabricated from these mechanically-robust and highly porous nanomembranes. From field trial, airborne TB filtration was successful with 100 % elimination. Together with its antibacterial property, excellent flexibility and mechanical strength, the antiUV and water resistant features will surely boost the nanomembrane’s durability against various usages under mild and harsh conditions.