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Doing Business As Name:University of South Carolina at Columbia
  • Jamie Lead
  • (803) 777-0091
Award Date:01/10/2020
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 50,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 50,000
  • FY 2020=$50,000
Start Date:01/15/2020
End Date:06/30/2020
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:I-Corps: Magnetic Nanoremediation of Crude Oil
Federal Award ID Number:2002629
DUNS ID:041387846
Parent DUNS ID:041387846
Program Officer:
  • Ruth Shuman
  • (703) 292-2160

Awardee Location

Street:Sponsored Awards Management
Awardee Cong. District:06

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of South Carolina at Columbia
Street:921 Assembly Street
Cong. District:06

Abstract at Time of Award

The broader impact/commercial potential of this I-Corps project comes from a nanotechnology-based platform developed for the treatment and clean-up (remediation) of contaminated land and water. The platform has the potential for use for a wide range of contaminants and has been demonstrated successfully for oil and metals. The platform is scalable in both synthesis and deployment, has a low environmental footprint, and it is flexible and cost-effective. Remediation of oil and metal pollution is an ongoing and critical concern for environmental and human health. This flexible platform has the potential to solve these challenges. Initial commercialization targets are the shipping, marine, and tourism sectors, This I-Corps project will determine potential use cases for safe polymer-coated and magnetic nanomaterials based on low-cost, easily available and low toxicity chemicals. Simple and rapid sorption reactions govern oil and metal removal, and the nanomaterials are protected from transformations long enough to effectively perform their function. Sorbed metal/oil is less toxic, and magnetic nanomaterials allow easy separation of sorbed pollutants from the environment. The platform can be used effectively in conjunction with bacterial bioremediation for in-situ use, in which the magnetic properties may not be needed, but the nanomaterials provide an easily assimilated carbon and limiting nutrient source to bacteria. The system would offer rapid reduction of toxicity via rapid degradation of oil and metal fixation. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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