NUMiX Materials Awarded Competitive Grant
from the Department of Energy
Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D
Chicago, Ill., 2/22/2020 – NUMiX Materials Inc. has been awarded a Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $200,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on removing and recovering uranium from surface and groundwater.
The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project is a treatment system including a novel ion exchanger and existing materials, such as natural zeolites, which maximizes selectivity of uranium over co-existing contaminants from candidate streams in acid mine drainage, raffinate from copper production, and groundwater in high-uranium geologic areas.
Recovering uranium from water sources, where it is a problem, and moving it to energy production, where it is needed, solves growing water quality and fuel supply issues at the water-energy nexus. This project aims to develop advanced materials to integrate into simple processes for simultaneous recovery of uranium and purification of water.
“We at NUMiX are grateful for Department of Energy support for our research and development efforts to recover critical metals,” said Katie Kollhoff, Chief Executive Officer of NUMiX Materials. “With this support, we aim to demonstrate a cost-effective, readily-deployable, uranium-selective system that can be used to purify water across the globe.”
Once a small business is awarded a Phase I SBIR/STTR grant, it becomes eligible to apply for a Phase II grant (up to $1,100,000). Small businesses with Phase II grants are eligible to receive up to $1,100,000 in additional matching funds with qualifying third-party investment.