Bioelectrocatalyzed Nitrogen Fixation under Standard Conditions

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$149,882.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-13-P-0027
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A13A-007-0101
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
A13A-T007
Solicitation Number:
2013.A
Small Business Information
615 Arapeen Dr., Salt Lake City, UT, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
078584999
Principal Investigator:
John Watkins
Principal Investigator
(801) 792-0652
drjohnjwatkins@comcast.net
Business Contact:
Bryan Ritchie
President
(801) 581-4701
bkritchie@tco.utah.edu
Research Institution:
University of Iowa
Johna Leddy
E331 Chemistry Building
Iowa City, IA, 52242-1294
(319) 335-1720
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The synthesis of ammonia through nitrogen fixation is a vital component to all plant life and the world economy as a fertilizer and commodity chemical. The global industial production of ammonia exceeded 140MM tons in 2009 and is expected to grow to 160MM tons by 2020. Most ammonia,>90% is synthesized through the Haber-Bosch processThe Haber-Bosch process produces more than 90% of the industrial ammonia in the world and is energy intensive requiring high temperatures and pressures. Fulcrum Bioscience proposes to develop an electrosynthetic process to produce ammonia that uses electrocatalyzed biofilms of mutated cyanobacteria at 1 atm and 25°C. This process has been demonstrated at a laboratory-scale to increase ammonia production above basal rates.

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