Direct Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER86390
Agency Tracking Number: 90379
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: 13 c
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
Innosense, Llc
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127, Torrance, CA, 90505
DUNS: 114060861
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Maksudul Alam
 Dr
 (310) 530-2011
 maksudul.alam-1@innosense.us
Business Contact
 Kisholoy Goswami
Title: Dr
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Email: kisholoy.goswami@innosense.us
Research Institution
 Duquesne University
 Shahed Khan
 Dept of Chem and Biochem
Pittsburgh, PA, 15282
 (412) 396-6340
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The U.S. Department of Energy aims to minimize our reliance on petroleum and natural gas, and to mitigate the adverse environmental impacts resulting from fossil fuel combustion. In this project, photocatalytic reduction technology will be developed for transforming atmospheric CO2 to commodity fuels and chemical products. The approach will utilize efficient and durable photo-electrochemical (PEC) cells in which a visible-light-active nanotubular photoanode and photocathode directly convert CO2 to CH3OH and water to hydrogen. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The PEC technology should provide benefits for transportation, vehicles, utility industries, buildings, and homes, and minimize the buildup of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. In addition, the technology should lead to the establishment of green manufacturing and alternative sources of energy, thereby minimizing the need for fuel imports.

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