Total Oxidation of Contaminated Level Volatile Organic Hydrocarbons Over Aerogel CatalystsEPA Contract Number: 68D00038
Title: Total Oxidation of Contaminated Level Volatile Organic Hydrocarbons Over Aerogel Catalysts
Investigators: Jalan, Vinod
Small Business: ElectroChem Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Project Period: September 1, 1990 through April 1, 1991
Project Amount: $50,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1990) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , SBIR - Air Pollution , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Description:The objective of this Phase I project is to study the feasi- bility of a catalytic oxidation of contaminant level volatile organic hydrocarbons using novel aerogel catalysts. The advantages of using the proposed catalytic combustion process is that it can operate at a lower temperature than the conventional incinerators thus controlling NOx emissions. It will also be more efficient in obtaining virtually 100% conversion than any conventional methods and it will be smaller in size than any conventional incinerator.
Advanced preparation techniques of aerogel catalysts will be used to prepare different multicomponent catalytic sys- tems for higher activity and stability. The major advantages of this preparation procedure is that metallic components can be combined in any proportion and that it produces high surface area and highly porous materials. The information gathered will be used to design a catalytic system that would optimize the total oxidation of hydrocarbons in terms of final products and their distribution.