Windsor, VT Seldon Laboratories, LLC, has announced that it had been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to receive a Phase II contract award under the agencys Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Funding for these research projects may be up to $600,000 for a two-year performance period. Contract negotiations are now underway.
Seldon has developed a fused carbon nanotube material that purifies water without heat, chemicals, electricity, contact time, or significant pressure. In Phase I of its work with NASA, Seldon demonstrated that its technology could reliably clean large quantities of contaminated water. In the Phase II project, Seldon will develop a prototype purification unit suitable for use in spacecraft.
According to NASA, 297 Phase II proposals were submitted this year and just 125 were selected. Seldon is the only Vermont-based company to receive a 2004 Phase II contract.
U.S. Senator Patrick J. Leahy said, "It's not surprising that Seldon's revolutionary technology has applications in space, where it can make our spacecraft lighter, stronger and safer. But this will also open the door to more applications of this technology here on Earth, and it is a testament to the skill and dedication of the Vermonters who designed, developed and produced this breakthrough right here in Windsor."
Said U.S. Senator James Jeffords, "This is great news for Seldon and great news for Vermont. Seldon's success in winning this contract is further proof that Vermont's ingenuity goes a long way -- even into outer space. This marks a renaissance of Windsor's legacy of innovation."
We are delighted that NASA has selected our project, said Alan G. Cummings, Seldons CEO. This funding will allow us to quickly incorporate our technology into a product that will be of great use to our astronauts in space as well as to all of us here on Earth where fresh, clean water is increasingly in high demand.
Seldon Laboratories, LLC, is a Vermont nanotechnology company focused on developing market ready applications for its breakthroughs in nanotechnology. The company was founded in 2002.