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The destruction of environmentally offensive waste halocarbons using sodium metal

Objective

To develop a reaction between various halocarbons and metallic sodium. It is anticipated that this would result in the total destruction of the halocarbon by an environmentally acceptable route to give a product which is benign, with depleted ozone potential and with economic value.

Preliminary experiments have indicated that it might be possible to carry out controlled reactions between the stable halocarbons and a highly reactive metal, such as sodium. The expected products would be carbon and various sodium halides.

The project will involve the detailed study of the basic reaction kinetics by two routes :

1. The reaction of the CFC's with molten sodium in an inert atmosphere

2. The comparison of the above route with the destruction of CFC's with sodium dispersions

The reaction chemistry of both routes would be modelled and the reactions tested on the laboratory scale with a variety of halocarbons. It is anticipated that an outline design of a fully integrated process route will result from this project.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

EA TECHNOLOGY LTD.
Address
Capenhurst
Chester
United Kingdom

Participants (3)

Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas
Greece
Address
Stadiou 18, Platani
26500 Patras
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
United Kingdom
Address
Sackville
M60 1QD Manchester
Wormald Mather & Platt (IRE) Ltd
Ireland
Address
7,Ardee Road
6 Dublin