search innovation
Hospital emissions: N2O abatement
keywords: nitrous oxide, hospital gases collectors, nitric acid, adipic acic, low temperature catalyst
offer number: P-270

The subject of the offer is catalyst, α-Al2O3 supported, dedicated to reduce the emission of N2O in a low temperature range.

Nitrous oxide, sweet-tasting and colorless gas, known as laughing gas, is used in chemicals manufacturing, pressure packaging and also in medicine.


In the same time, N2O is emitted during many agricultural and industrial activities. Globally, about 1% of all the nitrogen fertiliser applied to the soil is emitted to the atmosphere as nitrous oxide.

Furthermore, a single nitrous oxide molecule has 298 times higher the global warming potential comparing to carbon dioxide molecule.


In medical treatment, nitrous oxide is widely used as a base anaesthetic, extensively for relative analgesia and as a freezing agent in cryosurgery. Therefore, it is a component of waste hospital gas mixture.



Hospital gases collectors, nitric acid production plant emitters, adipic acic production plant emitters.

Many different ways to collect and destroy the used nitrous oxide were investigated, but the catalyst for low temperature range is still highly demanded to proceed the reduction process.


Offered invention relates to:

- Manufacture technology of supported spinel catalyst: K/Co2,6Zn0,4|α-Al2O3, 10-15% of active phase supported α-Al2O3;

- Preliminary examination confirmed catalyst activity after 1000h exposure in gas mixture: H2O, O2 NOx i N2O. Operating GHSV was of 5000 h−1;

- For N2O, 90% - 99% is converted in temperature range 450-500°C;

- The form of catalyst is one-opening-Raschig rings (dex /h ~ 4/2 mm).


Catalyst mechanical properties:

- Crush strenght: 20 daN/ring

- Porosity: 50-54%

- Bulk density: 730-750 kg/m3


This technology is subject to a patent application in the area of Poland and EPO (with priority date 13/03/2015). Further development of the invention is under progress at Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University.

Logos od European Funds, Republic of Poland, Inkubator Innowacyjności 2.0, European Union

field of science: chemistry, material engineering, environmental protection, chemical technology
forms of protection: patent
technological maturity: prototype
property rights: co-ownership
variants of cooperation: license, comercial contract research, sale

information / broker of Jagiellonian University

name and surname: Agata Błaszczyk-Pasteczka
phone number: +48 12 664 42 12, +48 506 006 553
latest information
Big Pharma Day online
Big Pharma Day online is an industry meeting on the development of drug projects, organized by CTT CITTRU, happening on March 25, 2021. The event will include expert presentations and individual meetings.
A new, effective method for obtaining common ash cuttings
Discover a new technology for obtaining cuttings of common ash developed by the interdisciplinary research team from the Jagiellonian University and the University of Agriculture in Krakow.
Development of biotization technology for commercial and ecological production of berry fruits
The scientific team from Jagiellonian University developed an inoculum that stimulates seedling growth.
Our employees
Innovation Forum KrakówKlaster Lifescience KrakówWolves SummitPACTTJagiellońskie Centrum Innowacji
Centre for Technology Transfer CITTRU
Jagiellonian University in Kraków - POLAND
ul. Bobrzyńskiego 14,
30-348 Kraków

+48 12 664 42 00
Fundusze EuropejskieMNiSWInkubator InnowacyjnościUnia Europejska