SBIR Phase II: Catalytic Filter for Diesel Exhaust Purification

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0750259
Agency Tracking Number: 0611162
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: NSF 05-605
Small Business Information
DUNS: 012925504
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Fokema
 (508) 481-5058
Business Contact
 Mark Fokema
Title: PhD
Phone: (508) 481-5058
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II aims to develop a catalytically active filtration device for the continuous removal of particulate matter from diesel engine exhaust. Particulate emissions from diesel engines are viewed as a significant health hazard. New diesel fuel and exhaust emission regulations to be phased in through 2010 require that diesel engine exhaust be extensively cleaned; current purification products are considered too large, too expensive and impose too great a fuel economy penalty on the diesel engine. A particulate filtration system that continuously oxidizes particulate matter using oxygen contained in the engine exhaust and does not require regeneration will be prepared, characterized and refined. The technology that will be developed has the capability to remove ultra-fine particulates with dimensions as small as 20 nm. The broader impact/commercial potential from the technology will enhance the scientific understanding of the synthesis and stability of novel ceramic nanostructures as well as the interaction of soot with dispersed catalytic species. The successful application of this technology will lower the cost of purifying diesel engine exhaust, enabling wider application of highly fuel efficient diesel engines, which will in turn reduce the overall fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.

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