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An Integrated In Situ Raman and Turbidity Sensor for High Level Waste Tanks

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90384
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
91600
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: 2009
Title: An Integrated In Situ Raman and Turbidity Sensor for High Level Waste Tanks
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER86386
Award Amount: $99,988.00
 

Abstract:

Stored nuclear waste must be retrieved from storage, treated, separated into low- and high-level waste streams, and finally put into a disposal form that effectively encapsulates the waste and isolates it from the environment for a long period of time. However, before the waste can be retrieved, the waste composition must be characterized so that proper safety precautions can be implemented during the retrieval process. In addition, there is a need for active monitoring of the dynamic chemistry of the waste during storage, because the waste can become highly corrosive. This project will develop a novel fiber optic Raman transmission and light scattering probe, with improved sensitivity and capability, for operation in turbid media. The dual Raman and turbidity sensor will provide chemical identification of nuclear waste as well as information concerning the suspended particles in the waste (turbidity). Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to the DOE application for environmental management, a dual Raman/turbidity sensor could be used to monitor the water quality and ecological status of various bodies of water, identifying sources of water contaminants and providing an early warning of potential environmental hazards. The sensor also should find application in industrial process monitoring, where fiber optic Raman interfaces are already used.

Principal Investigator:

Job Bello
Dr
7817699450
bello@eiclabs.com

Business Contact:

David Rauh
Dr
7817699450
bello@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:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Radiochemical Sciences and Eng
Richland, WA 99352
RI Type: Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)