Project Description

Dehydration of Critical Mixture using Membranes (DCM2)

Project period: 09/2016 - 09/2018

The University of Alberta patented Pressurized Gas eXpanded (PGX) Technology scaled up at Ceapro Inc can process highly viscous aqueous solutions or dispersions of biopolymers into dry fibrils, particles, aerogels and exfoliated nano-composites with features in the sub-micron and nano-scale range. The generated polymer matrices exhibit high porosities and large specific surface areas. PGX Technology is currently used to develop novel products ranging from nutraceuticals, aerogels, super-absorbents, catalysts, super-capacitors, nano-composites to advanced materials for 3D printing. The PGX Technology utilizes a mixture of food grade ethanol and carbon dioxide as the processing fluid. In order to fully develop PGX on a commercial scale, a solvent recycling module is required to dehydrate the PGX solvent mixture thereby minimizing carbon footprint and costs. This project aims to advance the commercialization of PGX Technology by developing novel membranes including high pressure housings. While the developed membrane technology will improve PGX it will also serve future biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Ceapro Inc.

Location: Edmonton, Canada
Founded: 1997

Ceapro is a Canadian biotechnology company that focuses on being a global leader in developing and commercializing functionally active ingredients for human and animal health markets through the use of proprietary technology and renewable and sustainable resources. They have achieved a reputation as an innovative formulator and advanced processor of unique natural-based products supported by strong science and clinical evidence. They are involved in the development of proprietary extraction technology and the application of this technology to the production of extracts and “active ingredients” from oats and other renewable plant resources. Ceapro adds further value to its extracts by supporting their use in cosmeceutical, nutraceutical and therapeutics products for humans and animals. The Company has a broad range of expertise in natural product chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology and process engineering. These skills merge in the fields of active ingredients, biopharmaceuticals and drugdelivery solutions.

Andreas Junghans - Anlagenbau und
Edelstahlbearbeitung GmbH & Co. KG

Location: Frankenberg, Germany
Founded: 1980

More than 150 t of stainless steel are processed yearly into advanced processing equipment by highly qualified employees on the production area of approx. 5000 m². They are experts in engineering, design and manufacturing of pressure vessels, membrane filtration plants, test facilities and turn-key plants including automation and process control. They assure a high manufacturing quality of serial products and customized one-off products, which are made by modern machinery.

Fraunhofer IAP

Location: Germany

The Fraunhofer IAP specializes in researching and developing polymer applications. It supports companies and partners in the customized development and optimization of innovative and sustainable materials, processing aids and processes. In addition to characterizing polymers, the institute also produces and processes polymers in an environmental-friendly and costeffective way on a laboratory and pilot plant scale.

Ceapro Inc.

Location: Germany

As a research and technology service provider, the Fraunhofer IKTS develops modern ceramic high-performance materials, customized industrial manufacturing processes and creates prototype components and systems in complete production lines from laboratory scale to pilot plant scale. Furthermore, the institute has expertise in diagnostics and testing of materials and processes. Test procedures in the fields of acoustics, electromagnetics, optics, microscopy and laser technology contribute substantially to the quality assurance of products and plants.