Awards and Grants



2014 DOE SBIR, Phase IIB

Dr. Stephen W. Jolly was awarded a Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) sequential phase IIB grant for “ Removal of Organics and Phenols from Refinery Waters using Swellable Organosilica”.  This grant is a follow-on award to the 2011 DOE, SBIR grant.  The project will develop technologies to efficiently treat sour stripper tower water by removing phenol based compounds by enhance biodigestion.  Information is also available on the US DOE website.

         
2014 DOD 
Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)

Jane Leisure, Sensors Developer, was awarded a Department of Defense (DOD) Grant for the development of a passive sampler which utilizes Osorb to capture various compounds of interest from water or air. The sampler is being developed in order to sample sediments and determine the bioaccessible fraction of contaminants in varying systems. The outcome of the work will be a sampling system which measures the bioaccessible fraction of emerging contaminants of concern in order to facilitate remedial action decisions. The project is titled,
"Multipurpose Sediment Passive Sampler with Improved Tissue Mimicry to Measure the Bioavailable Fraction". 


2014 NSF SBIR, Phase IIB

Dr. Hanbae Yang, Product Engineering Team Leader, was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, Phase IIB from the National Science Foundation. 
The grant will continue funding modification of Osorb filter media that can be implemented into various stormwater BMP and LID systems such as bioswales, stormwater tree boxes, permeable pavers, and mulch socks for advanced stormwater treatment. The project is titled, “Development of Activated Swelling Organosilica-Metal Composites Filter Media in Bioretention Systems for Enhanced Remediation of Stormwater Runoff”. Read the Award Abstract for more information.


         2013 Manny Award

ABSMaterials won a 2013 Manny Award for scale-up of Osorb engineering, which increased 10,000-fold in five-year period. Read more about the invention of Osorb and how it has since been engineered into advanced water treatment systems worldwide in IBmag.


2012 NSF SBIR, Phase II

Dr. Hanbae Yang, Environmental Engineer, was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, Phase II, from the National Science Foundation. The grant will continue funding development of Osorb® materials for advanced stormwater systems and reductive soils. The project is titled, "Development of Physico-Chemically & Biologically Activated Swelling Organosilica-Metal Composites Filter Media in Bioretention Systems for Enhanced Remediation of Urban and Agricultural Runoff." More information will be posted when it becomes available online.



2012 NSF SBIR, Phase IIB

Dr. Stephen Jolly, VP of Systems Engineering, will be awarded a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, phase IIB, for "Produced Water Treatment Using Animated Organosilicas that Rapidly and Reversibly Swell." The award will span three years and will develop systems that economically purify produced water streams that might otherwise be expensive or difficult to treat, while also increasing the recovery of valuable products in the streams. Read the Award Abstract for more information.



2012 NorTech Regional Impact Award

CEO Stephen Spoonamore accepted the Regional Impact Award from NorTech March 22. The Award is given each year to a previous Innovation Award winner who has "successfully grown their technology business in Northeast Ohio and received regional and national recognition for their work."

2011 NSF SBIR, Phase II

Dr. Stephen Jolly, VP of Systems Engineering, was awarded a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for "Produced Water Treatment Using Animated Organosilicas that Rapidly and Reversibly Swell." The project will develop systems that economically purify produced water streams that might otherwise be expensive or difficult to treat, while also increasing the recovery of valuable products in the streams. Read the Award Abstract for more information.

Popular Mechanics 2011 Breakthrough Award

Dr. Paul Edmiston, CSO and Co-Founder, won the Breakthrough Award in the "Materials Science" category for his engineering of Osorb materials for water treatment. Popular Mechanics praised Osorb's ability to "clean up a number of intractable environmental problems, from industrial accidents to the billions of gallons of wastewater produced by the boom in natural gas fracking." Read the entire article at PopularMechanics.com, or read our press release.



2011 DOE SBIR, Phase II

ABSMaterials was awarded a Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for "Removal of Dissolved Organics from Flow Back Waters Using Swellable Organosilica." As stated in the project summary, it will develop water treatment technologies to remove organic contaminants from water created during hydraulic fracturing operations so such water can be safely recycled or discharged. Information is also available on the US DOE website.



2011 NSF SBIR, Phase I

Dr. Hanbae Yang, who specializes in rain gardens and bioretention systems at ABSMaterials, was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant funded the development of bioretention soils using Osorb® materials, which are used in ABS's advanced rain gardens. The project is titled, "Development of Physico-Chemically & Biologically Activated Swelling Organosilica-Metal Composites Filter Media in Bioretention Systems for Enhanced Remediation of Urban and Agricultural Runoff." See the Research Spending and Results Award Detail for more information.



2011 Artemis Project Top 50 "Most Innovative Water Technologies"

ABSMaterials is an award honoree on the Artemis Project's Top 50 "Most Innovative Water Technologies" list for innovations in surface water systems development. The nominees were first revealed at the Ontario H2O Global Water Leadership Summit in May. Read more about the Artemis Top 50 and see the full list at The Artemis Top 50.



2011 Ohio Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award

ABSMaterials was honored by the Ohio Chamber "in recognition of [our] innovative and entrepreneurial spirit." Ohio Governor John Kasich presented a $25,000 check to ABSMaterials CEO Stephen Spoonamore and CFO Paul Edmiston at the annual Chamber of Commerce meeting May 9. ABSMaterials donated the award to the College of Wooster's B-WISER (Buckeye Women in Science, Engineering, and Research) camp for 7th- and 8th-grade girls. The Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce also received a $1,000 award for nominating ABSMaterials. Read more and see a video of the award ceremony at The Daily Record.

2010 DOE SBIR, Phase I

Dr. Paul Edmiston, CSO, was awarded a Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant for "Swellable Organosilica Materials to Clean Produced Water." The project will develop systems for the treatment and recycling of flowback water from shale gas extractions. Read more about the project and see updates at the US DOE National Energy Technology Lab website.

2010 NSF SBIR, Phase I

ABSMaterials was awarded a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant for surface water systems development. The project is entitled "Produced Water Treatment Using Animated Organosilicas That Rapidly and Reversibly Swell." Read the award abstract at the NSF website.

2010 NSF RAPID for Dr. Edmiston

ABSMaterials CSO and Co-Founder Paul Edmiston was awarded a National Science Foundation RAPID Grant for produced water systems development. Read the award abstract or research spending and results at the NSF website.

2010 NorTech Materials Science Innovation of the Year

NorTech is a supporter of technology in Northeast Ohio. ABSMaterials (formally Absorbent Materials, LLC) won the prize for Innovation of the Year in Advanced Materials. See a video of Stephen Spoonamore, CEO, describing Osorb and its applications after receiving the award:  .

2009 MIT Clean Energy Prize

Wholly-owned subsidiary, Produced Water Absorbents (PWA), won the MIT Clean Energy Prize May 7, 2009 for work with hydrocarbons. The prize was co-managed by the Department of Energy and sponsored by BP. It was a major validation and step forward to gain support from MIT, the DOE, and BP. It was specifically awarded to PWA for its innovative use of Osorb in the clean-up and management of hydrocarbons and oily water.

2009 MIT Clean Energy Prize


2009 NSF Research in Undergraduate Institutions


A National Science Foundation grant was awarded to ABSMaterials and the College of Wooster to prototype map study underground research of Osorb. The award was in recognition of joint research between an educational institution and private company. Read the award abstract online for more information.