Serionix Receives NASA Phase II Award

Serionix recently received a $750,000 contract from NASA to fund continued development of filters to remove toxic gases from next-generation spacesuit life support systems.

Serionix creates high-performance filters based on a proprietary adsorptive coating technology called Colorfil™, which changes colors as it removes toxic chemicals and odors from air, while killing viruses, bacteria, and mold. Through an intuitive, vibrant color change, Colorfil™ lets users know when the filters are working and when they aren’t.

NASA’s next generation of spacesuit and Personal Life Support System (PLSS) demands ultra-high performance filtration to remove toxic chemicals that include ammonia and formaldehyde. The PLSS is used during extra-vehicular activities to keep astronauts safe, healthy, and comfortable. Because of the unique demands of spaceflight applications, every component of the PLSS must be as small, lightweight, and robust as possible. Enter Serionix and the color-changing air filters they have demonstrated now in applications ranging from pet- and cooking-odor removal to semiconductor chip manufacturing.

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with NASA to send our Colorfil technology into space,” James Langer, Serionix’s President, said.

“What’s truly exciting, however, is how the funding will indirectly support launch of consumer products based on the same core technology,” Langer continued. “For the most part, consumers today have almost no visibility on what filters actually do for them—making purchasing decisions difficult, and making it nearly impossible to determine when it’s time for replacement. With Colorfil, we are looking to change that.”

The first phase of Serionix’s project with NASA SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program began in June of 2016, and overlapped with the successful beta launch of their Colorfil™ air purifier and HVAC filters. In this second phase, Serionix will develop a demonstration unit suitable for incorporation into NASA’s spacesuit life support system. In the meantime, they will leverage partnerships with leading industrial players to launch products in residential, automotive, commercial, and high-end industrial applications.

Do You Understand Filter Expiration?

Whether we notice them or (more likely) not, air filters are all around us–in our cars, homes, offices, and many more applications. When they are working correctly, air filters serve to protect people, pets, processes, and equipment (think engines) from all of the crud that floats around. The trouble is, air filters are almost always out of sight, and as such out of mind. Consequently, it’s often hard for users to pin down the purpose of air filters, much less understand the importance of timely replacement.

Looking at just one application, when our beta customers were asked why and how often they change their furnace (HVAC) filters, the overwhelming majority stated they changed it because “they’re supposed to” and admitted they probably don’t change it enough.

These responses echo results from a survey we conducted last year, which probed 82 respondents’ understanding of why filter replacement is important. The answers fell into categories such as air cleanliness, energy efficiency, cleanliness and energy efficiency, or fire hazard. Of the respondents, 63% indicated they understood dirty filters could impact the efficiency of their furnace. However, digging a bit deeper there is some ambiguity regarding whether the key issue is energy efficiency, filtration efficiency, or damage to the AC unit or furnace itself. As it happens, each represent important reasons for regularly replacing an HVAC filter.

More specifically, what then are the benefits of proper use and replacement of air filters?

  • Clean air! Reducing the levels of annoying, irritating, or even downright dangerous contaminants in your air;
  • Saving energy! Reductions in total costs of heating and cooling up to 5-15% (source);
  • Protecting your HVAC system from premature failure (low airflow can cause heat exchangers to crack and condensation build up)

Serionix’s Colorfil™ filters remove harmful contaminants such as toxic chemicals and odors from your air, and change color to indicate expiration, eliminating the ambiguity in air filter replacement. You will know exactly when your filter needs a change without the guesswork. Fresh, clean, safe air. Peace of mind. That’s Colorfil™. (source)

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