Novel Catalysts for Continuous Operation Bosch Reactor

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CH40P
Agency Tracking Number: 105210
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: X3.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
PH Matter, LLC
1275 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH, 43212-1155
DUNS: 831164822
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Matter
 Principal Investigator
 (614) 657-4683
 phm@phmatter.com
Business Contact
 Paul Matter
Title: Business Official
Phone: (614) 657-4683
Email: phm@phmatter.com
Research Institution
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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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