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Microwave Induced Thermal Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2003 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Materials Modification Inc
2809-K Merrilee Drive Fairfax, VA 22031-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Microwave Induced Thermal Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N0017403C0052
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Catalytic decomposition of highly concentrated High Test Peroxide (HTP) has hitherto been used in rocket propellant applications. This method suffers from drawbacks such as poisoning of catalyst due to the incorporation of stabilizers and inhibitors inthe highly explosive HTP and high cost that necessitate the development of non-catalytic thermal systems for decomposition of hydrogen peroxide.In this Phase I proposal, Materials Modification Inc. proposes an alternative novel technique for decomposing aqueous hydrogen peroxide (a more stable and storable form of the oxidizer) for the fabrication of a new type of liquid fuel booster system. Withresults obtained from phase I research, a prototype unit of a controllable decomposer will be designed incorporating microwave heating and its efficiency studied for subsequent use in real-time propulsion. The proposed research will yield a highly reliable for effective decomposition of hydrogen peroxide for rocket engines.

Principal Investigator:

R. Radhakrishnan
Manager-Technology Development

Business Contact:

T.s. Sudarshan
President & CEO
Small Business Information at Submission:

Materials Modification, Inc.
2721-D Merrilee Drive Fairfax, VA 22031

EIN/Tax ID: 541368539
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Division of Sponsored Programs, Box 7749, Station B
Nashville 37235
Contact: John T. Childress
Contact Phone: (615) 322-2631
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university