Novel, NZP-Ceramics Based Water Treatment Process - "A Safe and Economical Approach"

Period of Performance: 01/01/2004 - 12/31/2004


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Smaht Ceramics, Inc.
181 W. 1700 S.
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Principal Investigator


At the present time, Chlorine is an indispensible commodity when it comes to disinfecting municipal water supplies. Unfortunately, `chlorine` production and storage installations are under an ever increasing threat of terrorist attacks. Thus, there is a dire need to develop alternative municipal water purification technologies that are inherently more safe and less damaging in the event of a terrorist attack. Metallic elements such as `silver` have been known to possess excellent antimicrobial and bacteriostatic properties for a very long time. In recent years, several alternative "disinfection" approaches have emerged that utilize `silver` and other such metallic elements in conjunction with ceramic or polymeric carriers for various small scale applications. There is still considerable room for improving on the economics, safety, and scalability of such approaches through proper innovation. SMAHT Ceramics, herein, proposes the development of a novel, NZP-ceramics based water treatment technology that has better safety (¿terrorism proofing¿), performance and application potential than the state-of-the-art. If successfully developed, this technology is also likely to enable significant cost-savings by integrating the water filtration and purification steps. Numerous commercial applications, valued at billions of dollars, ranging from household items to chemical, biomedical, and aerospace supplies and equipment are imminent.