Carbon-Supported Amine Sorbent Monoliths for Carbon Dioxide Removal

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS9-03012
Agency Tracking Number: 024381
Amount: $69,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
87 Church Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marek Wojtowicz
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 528-9806
 marek@AFRinc.com
Business Contact
 Michael A. Serio
Title: President
Phone: (860) 528-9806
Email: mserio@AFRinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The NASA objective of expanding the human experience into the far reaches of space will require the development of regenerable life support systems. On-board carbon dioxide (CO2) removal units play a key role in such systems ensuring high quality cabin air for crew members. Similar but more compact units are needed for extravehicular activities (space suit). The overall objective is to develop a CO2-removal system that possesses substantial weight, size, and power-requirement advantages over current systems (improved CO2 adsorption and lower pressure drop). The proposed innovation involves the use and manufacture of lightweight, porous carbon monoliths with controlled pore characteristics that will serve as support for the sorbent material (amines). The objective of the Phase I study is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the above approach. This will be accomplished in the following three tasks: (1) Preparation and Characterization of Amine Sorbents Supported on Porous Carbon Monoliths; (2) Sorbent Testing; and (3) Product Assessment. The anticipated benefits include: (a) improved heat-transfer within the sorbent (increased CO2 capacity); (b) increased specific surface area (higher amine loading and, thus, increased CO2 capacity); (c) lower pressure drop (reduced power requirements); and (d) simultaneous removal of water vapor and trace contaminants.

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