10/07/2009 Archived Entry: "New Automotive Catalysis Project in the Biofuels & Environmental Catalysis Group"

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Total funding of $2.5 million has been received from the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Vehicle Technologies Program for a project entitled Development of Optimal Catalyst Designs and Operating Strategies for Lean NOx Reduction in Coupled LNT-SCR Systems.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Houston, University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, Ford Motor Company, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and BASF, and involves the research and development of coupled NOx storage-reduction and selective catalytic reduction that enables efficient conversion of NOx under the lean conditions typical of a diesel or lean burn gasoline vehicle. The project goal is to identify the mechanisms responsible for the synergy of coupled lean NOx trap (LNT) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts, and to use this knowledge to design optimized LNT-SCR systems in terms of catalyst architecture and operating strategies. Dr. Michael Harold of the University of Houston will serve as the project PI, while Dr. Mark Crocker (co-PI) will direct research activities at UK, whose portion of the grant is around $850K. The work will begin around November 1st.

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