Kothare and Sircar win $200,000 competitive grant from the University City Science Center, Philadelphia in their QED proof-of-concept program

Mayuresh V. Kothare, the R. L. McCann Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Shivaji Sircar, Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering, recently were one amongst only 3 teams to be awarded a grant from the University City Science Center in their recent round of competitive awards.

See news release here.

The funding from the Science Center will allow the Lehigh team to study the use of rapid Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology to develop a more compact and energy efficient device that can separate high purity oxygen from air for use in medical oxygen therapy. Current generation of medical oxygen concentrators (MOCs) are bulky and it is desirable to make them smaller and more power efficient so that they can run for a longer time with a single battery charge, and thus can be more portable. Typical subjects who need oxygen therapy are those who suffer from a variety of obstructive lung diseases collectively called chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD).