A Novel Method for Continuous Production of Dry Water

Physical Sciences : Mechanical

Available for licensing

Inventors

  • Ofodike Ezekoye, Ph.D. , Mechanical Engineering
  • Jan-Michael Cabrera , University of Texas at Austin

Background/unmet need

Originally patented in 1968, a water-air emulsion encapsulated in refined silica known as "dry water" has been used in the cosmetics industry for years.

Current production methods of dry water utilize a mixing chamber in which a fixed ratio of silica to water is added in a batch process. The resultant product is an encapsulated water based aerosol that is 90% to 95% water by mass. The scale-up of this batch process to meet high usage demands is difficult at best.

Application of the product for cosmetics, chemical reactant and carbon dioxide absorption require a great deal larger quantities than typical batch processing can achieve.

Invention Description

Researchers at UT Austin have designed a new method of producing silica-encapsulated water with the same quality as that of the batch process dry water. The invention utilizes a single air stream, silica, and a cyclone separator in a way that will enable the high-capacity production of this high-demand product. This process will allow for the demands of the market to be met by use of a continuous production of encapsulated droplets.

Benefits/Advantages

  • Higher production rates than batch process of similar size
  • No high-pressure system requirements

Features

    Produces dry water of similar quality compared to the batch process.

Market potential/applications

Markets for the invention include fire suppression, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and gas storage.

Development Stage

Lab/bench prototype

IP Status