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MIOX awarded research grant to commercialize onsite generated AOP chemistry
MIOX Corp. 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 move 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,” said Dr. Susan Rivera, manager of research and development for 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 onsite 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, endocrine-disrupting compounds, pesticides and pharmaceuticals.
“Onsite 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,” said Dr. Andrew Boal, senior scientist and project leader for AOP technology development for MIOX.