KSE has developed and successfully field tested a full scale Adsorption-Integrated-Reaction (AIR) technology which uses UV light and patented catalysts to purify contaminated air streams. KSE worked closely with the EPA Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) to setup and test the unit at Loring Air Force Base in Maine. Through independent laboratory evaluations the unit achieved 99+% destruction of airborne contaminants. Under contract to NASA, the AIR process has been developed for air revitalization in life support systems during extended space operations housing plant growth facilities. The technology has been used for ethylene air pollution control in the International Space Station.
The photocatalytic technology developed by KSE allows chemical reactions to occur at temperatures and pressures far less severe than conventional thermocatalytic processes. This makes the process both safer from an operational standpoint, and more efficient based on overall energy consumption.
KSE has used its institutional knowledge of photocatalytic technology to develop specialized photocatalyst formulations to drive oxidation reactions for the production of valuable chemicals. KSE is currently working on photocatalysts that can oxidize components of natural gas to building block molecules used in various polymer manufacture applications.
The Future of Photocatalysis
The ultimate goal of photocatalysis is to develop catalyst compositions that are highly active in visible light. These types of photocatalysts could use sunlight to drive the reactions necessary to convert natural raw materials into the fuels and chemicals society depends on. As hydrocarbon resources deplete and the environmental impact of industrial activities takes its toll on the environment. Sustainable low impact technologies will be critical to the future of modern society.