Efficient Regenerating Oxidizer for Destruction of Volatile Organic Compounds

EPA Contract Number: 68D03032
Title: Efficient Regenerating Oxidizer for Destruction of Volatile Organic Compounds
Investigators: Dhooge, Patrick M.
Small Business: Nimitz Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: April 1, 2003 through September 1, 2003
Project Amount: $70,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (2003) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , SBIR - Air Pollution , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


To help improve air quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking innovative and cost-effective new technologies to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the emissions of stationary sources. The current technologies, carbon adsorbers and catalytic thermal oxidizers, are heavy, expensive, insufficiently regenerating, and sometimes not sufficiently effective to meet regulatory requirements. Nimitz, Inc., doing business as the Environmental Technology & Engineering Center (ETEC), proposes to develop an inexpensive, catalytic solid oxidant system that will continuously and completely oxidize VOCs at near ambient temperature. The new technology will use a novel catalyzed oxidant that will be easily and continuously regenerated at very low cost to provide highly effective, inexpensive, low-maintenance, and highly reliable destruction of VOCs. The Phase I research project will determine the feasibility of the novel catalyzed oxidant by applying it and selected catalysts to substrates, and measuring the oxidation rates of acetone, toluene, and trichloroethylene on the coated substrates. The results of the Phase I project will be used to estimate the size, weight, and cost for emissions treatment to determine commercial feasibility. In Phase II, ETEC will optimize the oxidation chemistry; perform scale-up engineering studies; design, build, and test a prototype treatment system; and hold discussions with potential manufacturers.

The results of Phase I, if successful, will demonstrate the feasibility of a new technology for effectively, inexpensively, and reliably destroying VOCs in emissions, and an estimate of the size, weight, and cost of a system using the technology. The results of Phase II, if successful, will be the development of an optimized catalyzed oxidant formula and demonstration of the new technology at prototype scale. The product will be a patented composition for destroying organic compounds in emissions from stationary sources. Applications of the new technology include control of emissions from stationary sources and building air treatment. Potential stationary source users include gasoline marketing operations, printing shops, surface coating shops, and many other manufacturing operations that use or produce VOCs. Potential indoor air treatment users include office buildings, hospitals and other care facilities, homes, and factories. Commercial application of the technology will result in pollution prevention, reduction of adverse health effects from exposure to VOCs, and energy savings. The estimated total market size is approximately $100 million per year.

Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, pollution prevention, regenerating oxidizer, volatile organic compounds, VOCs, carbon adsorbers, catalytic thermal oxidizers, catalyzed oxidant, EPA., Scientific Discipline, Air, POLLUTANTS/TOXICS, Sustainable Industry/Business, Chemical Engineering, air toxics, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Environmental Chemistry, Air Pollutants, Chemicals, Ecological Risk Assessment, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, stationary sources, risk assessment, catalytic oxidation, oxidation, stratospheric ozone, air pollution control, regenerating oxidizer, VOCs, hazardous air pollutants, VOC removal, HAPS, Clean Air Act , emission controls, catalysts, kinetic models, chemical kinetics, combustion, hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), hydrocarbons, air emissions, pollution prevention

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report