Dr. Omotowa believes that a successful enterprise should enhance the human experience by providing real benefit and value to all those who may come In contact with it. Pearlhill is founded on the principle that true success should be shared by the company, employees, the communities, and countries where we do business. Our technologies are developed around finding real solutions for today’s most critical environmental issues. Reducing the negative impacts of nuclear waste and greenhouse gas emissions will provide a tangible benefit to humanity and improve the condition of the planet as a whole. Innovating technologies for a cleaner world is more than just a slogan – it’s our driving force.
Dr. Bamidele Omotowa (President) and Dr. Omotayo Omotowa (VP, Infrastructure & Administration) co-founded the company in 2007. Dr. Omotowa is one of the leading scientists in the United States in the industrial effort to obtain high valued fluorine products from depleted uranium tetranuonde (DUF4). Between 2004 and 2008, he was the lead scientist at International Isotopes, Inc. (INIS) for a team that optimized the Fluorine Extraction Process (FEP). for conversion of DUF4 into metallic inorganic fluoride gases, including boron trifluoride (BF3), silicon tetrafluoride (SiF4), and germanium tetrafluoride (GeF4) – all used for semiconductor manufacturing. His team conducted a detailed analysis of the FEP to refine the process. He also directed the effort to increase product purification and collected the necessary data for industrial qualification of purity.
Dr. Omotowa was principal investigator (PI) for a FY2006 small business innovation research (SBIR) awarded of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to INIS for the study of downstream utility of GeF4 for production of ozone-safe refrigerants, like HFC 125 and HFC 134a. This R&D; work has produced five US patents. The goal of these efforts was to produce widely used, high value, and commercially attractive fluorinated derivative products. The current focus of INIS is the building of a plant at Hobbs, NM for conversion of more than 5,500 tons of depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) to DUF4 per year by 2011. Dr. Omotowa resigned from INIS at the end of 2007, when he formed Pearlhill Technologies, LLC.
At Pearlhill Technologies, some of our staff members have years of experience working in the fluorine industry, and were instrumental in helping INIS develop and refine its patented fluorine extraction process (FEP) to create metallic fluoride products from DUF4. After having spent 7 years (2004·2010) as lead scientist and consultant for the smooth operation of the fluorine extraction process (FEP), and development of the derivative chemistry of the fluoride products, at International Isotopes Inc. (INIS), it became apparent to Dr. Omotowa that there was no available technology to produce nonmetallic inorganic fluorides, like sulfur tetrafluoride (SF4), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), from reactions of DUF4, and there are only a few industrial fluorine chemists in the US that understand the chemistry involved in creating new fluoride products from uranium compounds. Pearlhill Technologies LLC has three utility patents for the Nonmetallic Inorganic fluorides from Uranium Tetrafluoride (NIFUT) technology to protect their intellectual property.
Dr. Omotowa has also pioneered and patented the development of photochemical reactors for CO2 recovery from amine scrubber at US power plants that capture 6,000 -10,000 t CO2 per day from plants the generate 500 MWe. This will reduce the cost of energy generation at coal-, or natural gas fired power plant around the world by elimination of significant of current cost that is dedicated to thermal heaters for performing CO2 recovery from the amine scrubber. The development of this technological capability has been funded by a small business innovation research award of the National Science Foundation. Pearlhill is currently commercializing this technology.
Eastern Idaho is a technology hub in the heart of one of the most beautiful areas in the western United States. East Idaho’s colleges and universities provide an educated workforce from which to draw qualified and innovative employees. Our proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Craters of the Moon National Monument, many beautiful national forests, rivers, lakes and streams provides us a quality of life and recreational opportunities which are among the best in the world. It also inspires us to want to preserve and protect the beautiful environment we live in.
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