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Chemical and Biological Separations


Tuesday, October 20, 2015


The goal of the Chemical and Biological Separations (CBS) program is to generate novel methods and materials for separation processes.  These processes are central to the chemical, biochemical, materials, energy, and pharmaceutical industries.  A fundamental understanding of the interfacial, transport, and thermodynamic behavior of multiphase chemical systems as well as quantitative descriptions of processing characteristics in the process-oriented industries is critical for efficient resource management and effective environmental protection.  The program encourages proposals that address emerging research areas and technologies, have a high degree of interdisciplinary thought coupled with the generation of fundamental knowledge, and the integration of education and research.

Research topics of particular interest include fundamental molecular-level work on:

  • Nanostructured materials for separations
  • Biorenewable resource separation processes
  • Purification of drinking water
  • Field (flow, magnetic, electrical) induced separations
  • Separation of molecular constituents from blood

Innovative proposals outside of these specific interest areas can be considered.  However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.

The duration of unsolicited awards is generally one to three years.  The typical award size for the program is around $100,000 per year.  Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.  Small equipment proposals of less than $100,000 will also be considered and may be submitted during the annual submission window.

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