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NSF Grant for SBIR

 2W iTECH LLC Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation

San Diego, CA - December 12, 2016, 2W iTech, LLC has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to conduct research and development (R&D) work on advanced thin film nanocomposite (TFN) reverse osmosis (RO) membranes to reduce the cost of seawater desalination.
Securing a supply of fresh water to meet the needs of population growth and increased industrialization is a global challenge. Although there are huge seawater resources on the earth, existing RO desalination technology is too energy intensive to be a sustainable supply option for fresh water due to the low water flux and high driving pressure of the membranes. The proposed high flux TFN RO membranes will solve these problems.
This program aims to significantly improve water flux and anti-fouling performance of TFN RO membranes without compromising salt rejection rate by adopting an innovative fabrication process. This funding from NSF SBIR program will expedite the development of this innovative desalination membrane.  
By 06/28/2017