Direct Electrochemical Methanol Production for Mars

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS9-01153
Agency Tracking Number: 012292
Amount: $69,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
89 Rumford Avenue, Newton, MA, 02466
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John A. Kosek,
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 529-0505
Business Contact
 Anthony LaConti,
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (781) 529-0501
Research Institution
The production of fuels from indigenous materials on the surfaces of the Moon and the planets such as Mars will result in cost savings, as these materials will not have to be transported from earth. To assist in this process, GINER ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS, LLC (GES), proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of producing methanol from the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide, found in the Martian atmosphere. The reduction process will be accomplished using a novel cathode catalyst in conjunction with a proton-exchange membrane cell. In addition to methanol formation, the proposed approach will also produce oxygen. The technical objectives of the program are to identify an efficient cathode catalyst for CO2 reduction that results in the production of methanol, develop an efficient cathode electrode structure and fabricate a complete electrochemical reactor, and to operate the reactor under a wide variety of conditions, resulting in the simultaneous production of methanol and oxygen.

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