Polymer membranes with exceptional performance and stability
Project team Zachary Smith & Timothy Swager with Francesco Benedetti, Mason Wu, and Sharon Lin
Membrane-based gas separations
The development of polymeric materials for commercial membrane-based gas separations has stagnated for a quarter of a century. This project is developing an approach to make processable polymers featuring a flexible backbone connected to tunable, rigid, pore-generating side chains. With record stabilities under aggressive feeds, these polymers are a promising platform of materials to replace current gas-separation membranes.
Technology from this project spun out into a company, Osmoses.
Startup improving chemical separations wins MIT $100K competition
Deshpande startup Osmoses says its filtration membranes can make gas and vapor separation much less energy-intensive across multiple industries.