Commercialization of this technology has many opportunities in environmental remediation, semiconductor production, and pharmaceutical industries as well as consumer products. AOCs that oxidize organic contaminants at low temperatures can be used to clean-up wastewater or groundwater, or for the production of ultra-pure water. AOCs are extremely attractive for in situ environmental clean-up using a pump and treat system, where energy usage must be minimized. Current ultra-pure water production systems are limited to specific oxidation technologies and will be challenged by more stringent requirements in the next generation semiconductor fabrication facility. Low temperature non-specific oxidation processes will help meet these water quality standards in a cost-effective manner.
The NASA application for this technology will be as Flight Hardware for deployment in support of future, long duration exploration objectives beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO) were efficient water recovery will play a critical role in reducing ECLSS logistics. The ability to mineralize organic contaminants present in effluents from current and future primary water processors at low temperature and pressure is an extremely valuable technology. Reduction in power usage, improvement in safety and reliability, and lower maintenance requirements are highly valued characteristics of this technology that will lower ESM for current and future water reclamation processes used aboard spacecraft and within lunar and planetary habitats.