Awards & Grants

Awards-Grants-DOD2014 DOD SERDP
ABS Materials 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.” *

DOE-Crest-Logo2014 DOE SBIR, Phase IIB
ABS Materials 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 enhanced biodigestion.*

2014 NSF SBIR, Phase IIB
ABS Materials 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 bio swales, 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.” *

nsf-logo2012 NSF SBIR, Phase II
ABS Materials 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.” *

nsf-logo2012 NSF SBIR, Phase IIB
ABS Materials was 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.*

nsf-logo2011 NSF SBIR, Phase II
ABS Materials 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.*

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Prize and Award Recognitions

Awards-Grants-BlueTech_Innovation_Tracker2014 BlueTech Research Company Innovation Tracker
In acknowledgement of its novel, innovative water technology, Osorb®, ABS Materials, Inc. has been awarded the Innovation Tracker Badge by BlueTech® Research. Recognition for this award highlights the advanced nature of ABS Materials within the water industry, and registers the company within the BlueTech Research Innovation Tracker.

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Awards-Grants-Manny2013 Manny Award – Excellence in Manufacturing
ABS Materials 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.

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2012 NorTech Regional Impact Award
ABS Materials was awarded a Regional Impact Award from NorTech on 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.”

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Awards-Grants-STEVIE-American-Business-Award2012 STEVIE American Business Award
ABS Materials was the recipient of the 2012 Stevie American Business Award, recognizing ABS among emerging North American Technology Companies. The Stevie® Awards are the world’s premier business awards. Created in 2002, the Stevie Awards generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide.

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Awards-Grants-Popular-Mechanics2011 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award
ABS Materials won the Breakthrough Award in the “Materials Science” category for engineering of Osorb materials for water treatment. Popular Mechanics praised Osorb media’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 through the provided link.

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Awards-Grants-Artemis-Top-502011 & 2012 Artemis Project Top 50 “Most Innovative Water Technologies”
ABS Materials 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 through the provided news release.

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Awards-Grants-NorTech-Innovation-Award-20122011 Nortech Innovation Award
ABS Materials was the recipient of the 2011 Nortech Innovation Award. Given to companies in recognition for technological advancement, The NorTech Innovation Awards celebrate the region’s most innovative technology developers that have demonstrated dramatic impact on a specific industry or have the clear potential to do so in the near future. Explained by the Nortech Selection Panel “We highlight them because innovation and entrepreneurship are crucial factors in sustaining and growing U.S. competitiveness in a rapidly changing global market.”

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Awards-Grants-Ohio_Chamber_Entrepreneurship2011 Ohio Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award
ABS Materials was honored by the Ohio Chamber “in recognition of [our] innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.” Ohio Governor John Kasich presented the award to ABS Materials at the annual Ohio Chamber of Commerce meeting May 9. ABS Materials 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. In addition to being recognized as for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, ABS Materials was also an Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Finalist. Read more and see a video of the award ceremony at The Daily Record websites write-up, provided through the link below.

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Awards-Grants-Ohio-Venture-Association-OVA2011 Ohio Venture Association’s Venture of the Year
ABS Materials was awarded the Ohio Venture Association’s top honor as an Ohio Business “Venture of the Year.” Additionally, then-CEO (and current board member) Stephen Spoonamore was chosen to represent the Ohio Venture Association as a Renewable Energy Panel Member. Recognized for prowess in developing absorbent media’s, ABS Materials was inducted into a league of highly-renowned industry leaders who have won this award in the past. Read more on Stephen Spoonamore’s thought’s through the attached link.

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Awards-Grants-MIT-Clean-Energy-Prize-mitcep2009 MIT Clean Energy Prize
ABS Materials was the 2009 recipient of the MIT Clean Energy Award; recognized for breakthrough absorbent media technology. The MIT Clean Energy Prize‘s mission is to be a catalyst for a unified competition to help develop a new generation of energy entrepreneurs and progressive new companies.

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