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Catalyst Embedded Nanoporous Material for the Remediation of Energetic Compounds

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-20-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7858
Amount: $1,099,983.48
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18-011
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-10-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-09-22
Small Business Information
249 Alexandra Loop
Elkins, AR 72727
United States
DUNS: 080935200
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Shelby Foster
 (918) 924-1565
Business Contact
 Shelby Foster
Phone: (918) 924-1565
Research Institution

Energetic compounds have contaminated water at munitions production and load and pack facilities, with the potential to impact the environment and water sources. Chemicals such as 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) and 1,3,5-Trinitro-1,3,5-triazinane (RDX) pose a risk to the health of humans, livestock, wildlife, and ecosystems. Recently, TNT and RDX were classified as potential human carcinogens and were restricted to a 2.0 µg/L health advisory limit. Catalyst embedded Nanoporous Materials (CNpMs) were shown to be a chemically robust and tunable platform for detection, sequestration, and remediation of energetic compounds in CatalyzeH2O’s Phase I work. We propose to optimize the catalytic platform developed during Phase I for optimized performance, where precursor chemistry and metal center metrics will be varied. We will determine how each characteristic affects the electrochemical kinetics and degradation of TNT and RDX in synthetic wastewater and real wastewater. Mechanochemical synthesis will be further optimized to scale CNpM synthesis and produce a minimum viable product at a 100x scale, as compared to the previously reported level of fabrication in Phase I. At the end of this Phase II project, we expect to have identified and adequately scaled an MVP that can effectively degrade energetic compounds in real production water samples.

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