Oxford Catalysts has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a leading fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) multinational to explore the use of Oxford Catalysts’ Instant Steam’ technology.
The MOU covers the initial stages of a development programme which spans feasibility and proof-of-concept trials through to prototype development and product launch. If successful, the agreement could see an initial upfront payment to the company and ongoing royalty income on product sales.
The Oxford Catalyst Instant Steam technology involves passing a liquid fuel – consisting mainly of water with a mixture of methanol and hydrogen peroxide – over a proprietary catalyst. This triggers a spontaneous and highly exothermic reaction and releases product gases as a high temperature steam
The catalyst, discovered by Oxford Catalysts’ chief scientific officer, Dr Tiancun Xiao, makes it possible to initiate the methanol/hydrogen peroxide reaction at room temperature.
The Instant Steam technology enables steam to be generated on demand, using a compact, simple and portable device. The fuel can be contained in a plastic spray bottle and the catalyst incorporated into the nozzle spray mechanism. When the trigger is squeezed, the fuel passes over the catalyst and steam is produced instantly.
Chemically generated Trigger Steam is said to offer the benefits of using steam in cleaning and disinfection applications to a much wider user demographic.