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Nanotechnology-Enhanced Sensor for Toxic Industrial Chemicals

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Streamline Automation, LLC
3100 Fresh Way SW Huntsville, AL 35805-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Nanotechnology-Enhanced Sensor for Toxic Industrial Chemicals
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0007
Award Amount: $98,962.00


Chlorine gas was first used as a weapon during World War I and has reemerged as a threat in Iraq compounding the dangers from existing improvised explosive devices. One of the significant challenges with preventing attacks that involve toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) like chlorine, ammonia is that they have genuine civilian uses for water treatment, in refrigeration systems, and others, that makes it impossible to outlaw their sale and possession. In order to address this, Streamline Automation proposes to develop a thin-film voltammetric gas sensor that utilizes nano-scale features to enhance sensitivity to TICs. This will involve doping the sensor materials with catalysts that enhance reactions with specific chemicals of interest through techniques such as ion implantation. The use of thin-film fabrication techniques will enable an array of voltammetric sensing cells to be laid down in a very small area and tailored to the detection of a range of TICs. The Phase 1 effort will focus on demonstrating that a thin-film sensor behaves as expected with the addition of a dopant, and on identifying candidate dopants for several High Hazard TICs.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Vogt
Principal Engineer / Partner

Business Contact:

Alton Reich
Project Manager / Partner
Small Business Information at Submission:

3100 Fresh Way SW Huntsville, AL 35805

EIN/Tax ID: 223885097
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No