Novel Catalysts for Continuous Operation Bosch Reactor

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CH40P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
105210
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X3.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1275 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH, 43212-1155
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
831164822
Principal Investigator:
Paul Matter
Principal Investigator
(614) 657-4683
phm@phmatter.com
Business Contact:
Paul Matter
Business Official
(614) 657-4683
phm@phmatter.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
NASA has a need for process technologies that enable life support loop closure for manned exploration missions beyond earth's atmosphere. A critical component in life support loop closure is the removal of carbon dioxide (produced by the crew) from the cabin atmosphere. An attractive approach for removal of carbon dioxide is the Bosch reaction, where carbon dioxide is reacted with hydrogen (produced from water electrolysis) to produce solid elemental carbon and water. However, no technology currently exists for the continuous operation of a Bosch reactor. The process cannot be run in a continuous manner because of degradation of the catalysts, which are required to precipitate carbon at a reasonable rate. In this Phase I SBIR, PH Matter, LLC will develop a catalyst for the continuous formation of carbon in a system fed with carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Researchers will demonstrate continuous operation of the catalyst in Phase II. Based on the catalyst performance, a reactor will be designed to allow continuous carbon formation without the need for regular maintenance.

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