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Nanoporous Metallic Structures for Concentrating Hazardous Vapors

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
68449
Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A045-021-0049
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
EIC LABORATORIES, INC.
111 DOWNEY ST NORWOOD, MA 02062-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Nanoporous Metallic Structures for Concentrating Hazardous Vapors
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911SR-04-P-0080
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

Air toxins, whether industrial by products or terrorist releases, must be rapidly and accurately detected. The trace concentrations (generally ppb) that must be detected usually require sensitive analytical laboratory equipment. However, rapid and continuous field monitoring is preferable. To achieve this goal, a filter that rapidly concentrates the contaminants into a small sample volume and can be directly interrogated using a noninvasive, stand-alone device is desired. In this program, EIC Laboratories and Johns Hopkins University will develop novel nanoporous metallic substrates that can simultaneously concentrate the hazardous material into a small volume and then serve as the sample for optical evaluation. The techniques of Surface-Enhanced Raman (SERS) and Surface-Enhanced Infrared (SEIR) Spectroscopies can both provide ppb levels of detection for analytes adsorbed to roughened metal substrates. EIC has already demonstrate 5 ppb detection of explosive vapors on portable equipment in military field tests. In the current program, nanoporous gold will be produced through novel nanosynthetic and metallurgic procedures. The physical characteristics of the substrates, their adsorption coefficients for hazardous materials of interest, and SERS and SEIR spectra will be collected. The optimal substrates will be further developed and demonstrated in an air handling system that can emulate building flow rates.

Principal Investigator:

Jane F. Bertone
Senior Scientist
7817699450
bertone@eiclabs.com

Business Contact:

David Rauh
President
7817699450
drauh@eiclabs.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

EIC LABORATORIES, INC.
111 Downey Street Norwood, MA 02062

EIN/Tax ID: 042497074
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Johns Hopkins University
102 Maryland Hall, 3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Jonah Erlebacher
Contact Phone: (410) 516-6077
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university