Saint Paul, MN –Sironix Renewables was awarded a $1M grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The grant includes a partnership with the University of Minnesota Chemical Engineering & Materials Science department, and will help fund scale-up of Sironix Renewable’s surfactants technologies.
The research funded under this grant will develop the recently developed Eosix™ Surfactants technology, a class of Oleo-Furan Surfactants (OFS) for the detergents and cleaning products markets. The new bio-renewable technology provides hundredfold improved cleaning performance of in hard water conditions, enabling development of cleaning products with higher concentration, better performance, and less environmental impact.
Initial development of the Eosix Surfactant was performed at the University of Minnesota as part of a DOE funded research consortium, the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation. Translation of the research into a proof of concept was performed by Sironix Renewables under a DOE SBIR Phase I research grant starting in 2016. The recently awarded follow on SBIR Phase II grant provides an additional two years of funding for Sironix to demonstrate the technology at larger scale.
For more information about the Department of Energy SBIR program, visit: science.energy.gov/sbir