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Bioelectrocatalyzed Nitrogen Fixation under Standard Conditions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-13-P-0027
Agency Tracking Number: A13A-007-0101
Amount: $149,882.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A13A-T007
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-09-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-03-21
Small Business Information
615 Arapeen Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT -
United States
DUNS: 078584999
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Watkins
 Principal Investigator
 (801) 792-0652
Business Contact
 Bryan Ritchie
Title: President
Phone: (801) 581-4701
Research Institution
 University of Iowa
 Johna Leddy
E331 Chemistry Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1294
United States

 (319) 335-1720
 Nonprofit College or University

The synthesis of ammonia through nitrogen fixation is a vital component to all plant life and the world economy as a fertilizer and commodity chemical. The global industial production of ammonia exceeded 140MM tons in 2009 and is expected to grow to 160MM tons by 2020. Most ammonia,>90% is synthesized through the Haber-Bosch processThe Haber-Bosch process produces more than 90% of the industrial ammonia in the world and is energy intensive requiring high temperatures and pressures. Fulcrum Bioscience proposes to develop an electrosynthetic process to produce ammonia that uses electrocatalyzed biofilms of mutated cyanobacteria at 1 atm and 25°C. This process has been demonstrated at a laboratory-scale to increase ammonia production above basal rates.

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