Sustainable Nitric Acid Production Using Non-thermal Plasma

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2010-00122
Amount: $89,890.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Science Products, INC.
924 CORRIDOR PARK BLVD, Knoxville, TN, 37932
DUNS: 112073119
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Neal Fine
 Chief Technology Officer
 (401) 595-7379
Business Contact
 Neal Fine
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (401) 595-7379
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a new process for fixing nitrogen from air in the form of nitric acid using non-thermal atmospheric plasma with a heterogeneous catalyst. Reductions in the cost of producing nitric acid (in comparison with existing state-of-the-art processes) will lead to the reintroduction of well-established and tested methods for producing fertilizers consisting of sodium, potassium or calcium nitrate using nitric acid as the nitrogen feedstock. This will by-pass the ammonia synthesis step in the production of nitrogen fertilizers while eliminating the costly dependence of nitrogen fertilizer on natural gas.

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