Patent Number: 8,721,813

Title: Degradation of TATP, TNT and RDX using mechanically alloyed metals

Abstract: Bimetallic alloys prepared in a ball milling process, such as iron nickel (FeNi), iron palladium (FePd), and magnesium palladium (MgPd) provide in situ catalyst system for remediating and degrading nitro explosive compounds. Specifically, munitions, such as, 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), cyclo-1,3,5-trimethylene-2,4,6-trinitramine (RDX), nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine that have become contaminants in groundwater, soil, and other structures are treated on site to remediate explosive contamination.

Inventors: Clausen, III; Christian (Chuluota, FL), Geiger; Cherie (Geneva, FL), Sigman; Michael (Oviedo, FL), Fidler; Rebecca (Orlando, FL)

Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.

International Classification: C06B 45/00 (20060101); C06B 45/12 (20060101); C06B 45/04 (20060101); D03D 23/00 (20060101); D03D 43/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/13/12018