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Low Temperature Nanoscale Catalyst for Reduced Toxicity Monopropellant

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
52915
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A002-1356
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MACH I Inc.
340 East Church Road King of Prussia, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Low Temperature Nanoscale Catalyst for Reduced Toxicity Monopropellant
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: DAAH01-02-C-R024
Award Amount: $717,308.00
 

Abstract:

"The Aviation and Missile Command developed CINCH (Competitive Impulse Non-Carcinogenic Hypergol) fuel as a reduced toxicity alternative to carcinogenic hydrazines in propellant applications. Unfortunately, the iridium catalyst developed for hydrazinesrequires high (300-400 degree F) temperatures to function with CINCH fuel. There is a need for the development of a new catalyst that decomposes CINCH fuel at temperatures as low as --40 degrees F and a gas generator using this catalyst and fuel. Thisresearch and development effort will accomplish both of these objectives.Working under a Phase I SBIR, MACH I has identified several new catalytic materials more reactive than iridium. These include: palladium metal, palladium chloride, palladium nitrate, iron chloride, iron bromide, nanoscale iron oxide, and tin chloride.Strongly acidic supports are favored over neutral or basic supports.In the proposed Phase II program, a commercial source of catalyst and gas generators will be developed from this new fundamental technology. We will identify the best catalyst compositions using classical catalyst optimization techniques looking for anybimetallic synergies. We will synthesize nano scale composites of the two most promising formulations utilizing MACH I's proprietary nano synthesis technologies. Supported catalysts will be developed and optimized working in conjunction with identifiedcatalyst and gas generator partner subcontracto

Principal Investigator:

John Leonard
Principal Investigator
6102792340
machi@machichemicals.com

Business Contact:

Bernard Kosowski
President
6102792340
bernie@machichemicals.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mach I, Inc.
340 East Church Road King of Prussia, PA 19406

EIN/Tax ID: 232383152
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No