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Explosives Detection in Residential Building Ventilation Systems

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
77226
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
06SB2-0383
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Explosives Detection in Residential Building Ventilation Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0173
Award Amount: $374,997.00
 

Abstract:

One approach to locating bombs is analytical monitoring with portable spectroscopy systems. Such a technique needs to work in adverse environments, be amenable to use by field operators, and, given the sensitive nature of the target materials, should have an extremely rapid response time with no false negatives. Our goals of the Phase II Program are to compile a comprehensive SERS library of explosives and related bomb materials as well as to optimize EIC SERS sensing elements for market. We will achieve reproducible and selective detection of explosives using novel SERS structures that exhibit an inherently uniform surface morphology, leading to rapid, reproducible manufacturing. This work will include an extensive set of analytical figures of merit including ROC curves for the concentration-dependent performance of our sensors at low signal-to-noise ratios. We will optimize our sensors for low limits of detection and establish the level of sensitivity in the presence of matrices of realistic field interferents. The Phase III Program will focus on a SERS nose system for the detection of explosives for a broad range of potential CONOPs.

Principal Investigator:

Jane 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