Reagentless Oxidation Reactor for Total Organic Carbon Analyzer
Reagentless Oxidation Reactor for Total Organic
Sievers Instruments, Inc.
1930 Central Avenue, Suite C
Boulder, CO 80301
Richard Godec (303-444-2009)
The project will develop a new technology for the oxidation
of organic compounds that will then form carbon dioxide without
the use of chemical reagents but as part of a system for the
measurement of total organic carbon (TOC) in water. Using a
combination of electrolytic and photolytic oxidation should permit
complete and rapid oxidation for a wide range of organic compounds
to form CO2. Preliminary experiments indicate that complete
oxidation of methanol can be obtained at concentrations as high as
43 ppm of carbon, although additional research and development are
required to provide long-term, high-oxidation efficiency. The oxi-
dation reactor will be incorporated into a TOC analyzer developed
by Sievers Instruments for the Crew Health Care System program and
should find application in the environmental control, life-support
system for Space Station Freedom and future manned missions.
Successful completion of the research will lead to the development
of an accurate TOC analyzer compatible with operation in a
microgravity environment, with minimal use of chemical reagents,
low maintenance, and almost no astronaut interaction required.
Potential Commercial Application:
Potential Commercial Applications: Commercial applications
include water quality measurement and water purification. Typical
commercial users of this technology include electronics and
pharmaceutical manufacturing, biotechnology, hazardous waste
management, and electrical power industries.