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Novel Metal Organic Framework Synthesis for Spacecraft Oxygen Capture

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX14CJ43P
Agency Tracking Number: 140117
Amount: $124,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T6.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-06-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-12-19
Small Business Information
11 Tech Circle
Natick, MA 01760-1023
United States
DUNS: 185739591
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Yu-Hui Chiu
 Director of Applied Science
 (508) 655-5565
Business Contact
 Judy Budny
Title: Business Official
Phone: (508) 655-5565
Research Institution
 University of Utah
 Janis Louie
315 South 1400 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0850
United States

 (801) 581-7309
 Domestic nonprofit research organization

Busek and University of Utah propose to develop novel metal organic framework (MOF) material to efficiently capture oxygen in spacecraft cabin environment. The proposed novel MOF is postulated to be capable of separating oxygen from ambient air with high efficiency, and at the same time, be stable to moisture and resistant to decomposition. In Phase I, our team shall synthesize the proposed MOF and a MOF of known oxygen capture capability as the benchmark. The MOFs will be tested for their oxygen capture capability, gas selectivity, and reversibility. The effects of water on capture capability will also be examined. The physical measurements will guide the syntheses. At the end of Phase I, a preliminary sub-scale proof of concept will be explored for configuration optimization with relevant air flows. In Phase II, we shall validate the subscale proof-of-concept device and further scale up toward a prototype MOF-based O2 capture system.

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