The Ed Satell Family Nitrogen-Hydrogen Alternative Fuels (NAHF) Reaction Research Laboratory

Nitrogen-Based Fuels

Research at the Ed Satell Family Nitrogen-Hydrogen Alternative Fuels (NHAF) Reaction Research Laboratory, established by the Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP), explores alternative fuels based on nitrogen that are eco-friendly, safe, and efficient, and that can be storage effectively. The nitrogen-based fuel is in an aqueous form, so it is non-toxic, non-explosive and safe to handle and transport. It was also found to emit low pollutant levels under the identified optimal continuous combustion conditions. As such, the nitrogen-based fuel has the potential to provide a sustainable and holistic solution to the world’s growing energy demand.

At the Satell NHAF Reaction Research Laboratory scientists investigate continuous combustion under high pressures, thermal analysis, catalytic process screening for pollutant control, and undertake computerized simulations and corrosion resistance experiments.

Technion’s Ed Satell Family NHAF Reaction Research Laboratory serves GTEP members as well as faculty from other Technion departments, and Israeli universities.

Major Equipment:

High Pressure and Temperature Continuous Reactors – a new custom-built thermal analysis reactor was recently added as well as a new custom-built Plug Flow Reactor (PFR)

High Pressure Differential Thermal Analysis Batch Reactor

Multicomponent online Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Gas Spectrometer (Gasmet CX-4000) – the system incorporates a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, a temperature controlled sample cell, and signal processing electronics. For more information visit:

Paramagnetic Oxygen Analyzer 8000M (Signal Instruments) – designed for continuous monitoring of O2 gas. For more information visit:

Gas Dilution System (M&C) – high quality gas sample probe. For more information visit:

Gas Feed and Control System

Programmable Logic Controller (PLC, Vision 130, Unitronics) – a palm-sized PLC with a built-in operator panel. For more information visit:

Video System – for continues visual control of reaction zone

Ion Chromatography (Metrohm) – enables fully automated analysis of solids and highly viscous samples. For more information visit:

Analytical Balances

Potentiostat – for corrosion investigation

Megapot Vibration Pot Mill (by Pilamec Ltd.) – used for grinding intractable materials too hard or too soft to be handled on rotary pot mills (both powder dispersation or gel). It has a high capacity, and is capable of accepting up to four 2000 ml containers or up to twenty 100 ml containers or a mixture of these and intermediate sizes at a time. For more information visit:

Chemkin Pro Software – with core solver enhancements that cut simulation times from days to hours or hours to minutes for complex models with large mechanisms. For more information visit:

For further details, usage fees and appointments, please contact Prof. Gideon Grader at: