Union, KY (October 2, 2013) – Okeanos Technologies announced today that it has entered into a second Sponsored Research Agreement (SRA) with the University of Texas at Austin (UT). Okeanos is commercializing a new electrochemically-mediated seawater desalination process developed through a prior SRA between the parties earlier this year.
This first SRA resulted in the development and characterization of a new laboratory-scale microdesalination process capable of separating salt from water at only a 50% premium to thermodynamic minima (Knust, K., Hlushkou, D., Anand, R., Tallarek, U., and R. Crooks. Electrochemically mediated seawater desalination. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 1-5). A single microdesalination unit was operated at a time to produce sub-microliter per minute product water flow rates.
Upon conclusion of this first SRA, Okeanos entered into a Service Agreement with the University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) to scale and optimize the process. At UCRI, Okeanos staff benefit from world-class faculty and one of the world’s most comprehensive microelectronics fabrication facilities to design, test and optimize the submodular cartridges and EMD modules that it will build its business around. These cartridges will contain many tens of millions of microdesalination units operating in tandem to produce commercially-relevant water flows.
The goal of this second SRA with UT is to augment and support the work Okeanos is conducting under this Service Agreement and is funded in part by a Phase II SBIR grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
About Okeanos Technologies
Okeanos was formed in 2012 to develop and commercialize a next-generation, ultra-efficient desalination technology. Our solid-state WaterChipTM platform harnesses and redirects the corrosive potential of seawater to separate salts from water with world-record efficiency. Our disruptive/transformative WaterChipTM platform is expected to enable a more distributive water distribution model and simultaneously address a number of profound environmental, economic and human health related problems. For more information about us please visit our website at www.okeanostech.com.
About The University of Texas at Austin
Founded in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin has become one of the largest and most respected universities in the nation, with a diverse learning community and students from every state and more than 100 countries. For more information about the University please visit our website at www.utexas.edu.
About the University of Cincinnati Research Institute
The University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) is located on the University of Cincinnati campus and serves to connect UC experts to industry partners, facilitate commercialization of research and enhance cooperative and experiential learning experiences for UC students. UCRI, designated an independent nonprofit 501(c)3, prides itself as a place where partners bring ideas and university experts help drive them forward.