Reactions in Supercritical Fluid Media

Period of Performance: 08/18/1992 - 08/31/1994

$232K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

CF Technologies, Inc.
1 Westinghouse Plaza Array
Hyde Park, MA 02136
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS HAVE BEEN USED TO EXTRACT A WIDE VARIETY OF MATERIALS. THEY HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO EXHIBIT UNIQUE SOLVENT PROPERTIES SUCH AS LARGE CHANGES IN SOLUBILITY WITH MINOR CHANGES IN TEMPERATURE AND PRESSURE. THIS PROJECT SEEKS TO EXPLOIT THE COMBINATION OF THESE PROPERTIES WITH THE ADDITION OF LOW TEMPERATURE REACTION SYSTEMS TO ALLOW EXTRACTION AND DESTRUCTION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INSIDE A TOTALLY ENCLOSED SYSTEM UNDER CONTROLLED CONDITIONS. ANTICIPATED BENEFITS/POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS - THE BENEFITS OF THIS PROJECT IF SUCCESSFUL WILL BE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SYSTEM CAPABLE OF CLEANING CONTAMINATED MATERIALS AND DESTROYING THE CONTAMINANTS WITHOUT RELEASE OR HANDLING OF THE CONTAMINANT. THIS TECHNOLOGY COULD HAVE POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS IN CLEANING MATERIALS RANGING FROM MACHINED PARTS TO HAZARDOUS WASTE SITES.