NASA SBIR 2020-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
20-2- H3.01-4569
Phase 1 Contract #:
Subtopic Title:
Advancements in Carbon Dioxide Reduction: Critical Subsystems and Solid Carbon Repurposing
Proposal Title:
Automated Carbon Formation Reactor

Small Business Concern

PH Matter, LLC
6655 Singletree Drive, Columbus, OH 43229
(614) 657-4683                                                                                                                                                                                

Principal Investigator:

Mrs. Mary Powell
6655 Singletree Drive, OH 43229 - 1120
(315) 955-9849                                                                                                                                                                                

Business Official:

Christopher Holt
1275 Kinnear Rd., OH 43212 - 1155
(614) 783-2396                                                                                                                                                                                

Summary Details:

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
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Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

In this SBIR project, pH Matter, LLC is developing an automated carbon formation reactor (CFR) for the continuous formation of carbon from crew CO2.  The team’s approach will allow the CFR to operate continuously in an automated manner without the need for human intervention or the need for large and heavy replacement catalyst inserts.  The system to be demonstrated will include an automated catalyst delivery and carbon removal system.  A four crew member prototype will be built and delivered to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

NASA has a need for improved process technologies for life support loop closure to enable extended manned exploration missions beyond earth’s atmosphere.  The automated carbon formation reactor is necessary to efficiently recover oxygen for manned missions to deep space, Mars, lunar missions, and for reducing supply requirements to the International Space Station (ISS).  A critical component in life support loop closure is the removal of metabolic carbon dioxide (produced by the crew) from the cabin atmosphere.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

The CFR reactor demonstrated on this project could be used by other aerospace companies interested in manned space exploration including, Lockheed Martin, Blue Origin, and SpaceX.  The reactor technology developed on this program could be used to continuously grow carbon materials which could be used in a wide range of applications including electro-active carbons for fuel cells and batteries.

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