Energy Neutral VOC Oxidation Using a Fluorite-Catalyst/Compact Heat Exchanger

EPA Contract Number: 68D70030
Title: Energy Neutral VOC Oxidation Using a Fluorite-Catalyst/Compact Heat Exchanger
Investigators: Davis, Kevin A.
Small Business: Reaction Engineering International
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 1997 through March 1, 1998
Project Amount: $70,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1997) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: SBIR - Air Pollution , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) , Air Quality and Air Toxics


The need to reduce ozone in urban areas has led to increased regulation for the control of the ozone precursors - namely volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides. However, current control technologies, such as incineration and adsorption on solids, have a number of disadvantages for the wide range of VOC-emitting industries. Catalysts provide an alternative control strategy. Recent work by Tufts and Reaction Engineering International suggests that a promising alternative may be use of a fluorite-type oxide catalyst. These catalysts can be very active at low temperatures and, when used in conjunction with new advances in counter-current heat exchangers, can provide an energy neutral system for oxidizing VOCs. The objectives of this investigation are to: (1) determine what types of VOCs are most effectively oxidized by the catalyst, (2) quantify catalyst performance as a function of temperature, (3) determine the lower limit of the VOC that can be controlled (and measured), and (4) quantify contact times required for a given efficiency. The oxidation of several types of VOCs will be evaluated in a laboratory reactor and preliminary testing of the catalyst/heat exchanger system will be performed.

Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, air emissions, engineering, chemistry., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, Toxics, Sustainable Industry/Business, Chemical Engineering, air toxics, Environmental Chemistry, Sustainable Environment, Chemistry, HAPS, VOCs, Technology for Sustainable Environment, tropospheric ozone, Chemistry and Materials Science, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, Nitrogen Oxides, Nox, nitrous oxide, control, catalysts, heat exchanger, fluorite catalyst, VOC oxidation, nitrogen oxides (Nox)

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