Novel Catalysts for the Low Temperature Oxidation of Volatile Organic CompoundsEPA Contract Number: 68D30071
Title: Novel Catalysts for the Low Temperature Oxidation of Volatile Organic Compounds
Investigators: Wright, John D.
Small Business: TDA Research Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Project Period: September 1, 1993 through August 1, 1995
Project Amount: $150,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase II (1993) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) , Air Quality and Air Toxics , SBIR - Air Pollution
Description:New regulations are forcing the control of very dilute volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Although catalytic incineration in increasingly the technology of choice, energy and catalyst costs rise dramatically as the VOC concentration decreases. Energy costs could be reduced dramatically if catalysts were available which were active at lower temperatures. In addition, the use of metal oxide based catalysts (instead of the platinum group catalysts currently used) would lower the initial cost of VOC control.
In Phase I, TDA Research synthesized and tested a fundamentally new type of metal oxide based catalyst that has the ability to oxidize CO, hydrocarbons and oxygenates at temperatures which are 100?C to 150?C (180?F to 270?F) lower than is possible with current catalysts. In Phase II, TDA will develop methods of supporting these catalysts on a honeycomb, determine the activity of the supported catalysts as a function of temperature against compounds representative of the various categories of VOC's, test their resistance to common catalyst poisons, and carry out an engineering analysis to determine their economic potential.