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Bioelectrocatalyzed Nitrogen Fixation under Standard Conditions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-14-C-0162
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5774
Amount: $999,501.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A13A-T007
Solicitation Number: 2013.0
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-30
Small Business Information
615 Arapeen Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1239
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Joseph Watkins
 Principal Investigator
 (801) 792-0652
Business Contact
 John Joseph Watkins
Title: Dr.
Phone: (801) 792-0652
Research Institution
 University of Iowa
 Johna Leddy
2 Gilmore Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1320
United States

 (319) 335-1720
 Nonprofit College or University

The Haber-Bosch process is the dominant industrial method for nitrogen fixation in the world, with production exceeding 140MM tons in 2009. This process of converting nitrogen and hydrogen to ammonia is one of the great scientific achievements in the modern world. However, Haber-Bosch process is energy intensive requiring pressures >150 bar and temperatures >400 C to achieve 8-15% efficiency. In the Phase I project, Fulcrum BioScience demonstrated a nitrogen fixation process utilizing a bioelectrocatalyed biofilm with comparable efficiency at standard conditions. In this Phase II project, Fulcrum BioScience will develop the technology into a sub-scale prototype unit which requires only electricity, water and air. This effort includes optimization of the operating conditions, biological nitrogen fixing mechanism, biofilm stability and product extraction. A test stand that accommodates both biofilm growth and maintenance and electrochemical stimulation will be designed and built. By the end of the Phase II, a sub-scale prototype unit will be fabricated that generates ammonia at a commercially viable rate under standard conditions.

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