Mar 31, 2011

MIOX Corp. Awarded $497,746 for Small Business Innovation Research

Company is developing a process to remove toxic organic chemicals from water

MIOX Corp. announced that it received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $497,746. This funding, obtained by the MIOX science team in collaboration with Professor Shane Snyder at the University of Arizona and Dr. Benjamin Stanford at Hazen and Sawyer, provides a two year extension for a previously awarded NSF SBIR Phase I project investigating the use of aqueous chlorine as part of an advanced oxidation process (AOP).

AOPs are advanced water treatment processes in which hydroxyl radicals, extremely powerful oxidizing agents, are generated by several processes including reacting a chemical oxidant with ultraviolet (UV) light. The generated hydroxyl radicals are capable of completely oxidizing organic chemicals that are challenging to remove from water through any other treatment process. According to MIOS, AOPs are expected to become a more prominent technology for water and wastewater treatment when the removal of toxic organic chemicals such as endocrine disrupting compounds, pharmaceutical and personal care products and volatile organic compounds is required. AOPs typically utilize hydrogen peroxide or ozone as the chemical component of the process, but the onsite generated aqueous chlorine-based technology under development at MIOX is expected to yield a safer and more cost-effective AOP compared to the traditional approach.