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Ultra-Trace Molecular Detection Instrumentation Based on Aerosol Nucleation…

Award Information

Department of Energy
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
InnovaTek, Inc.
3100 George Washington Way Suite 108 Richland, WA 99354-1663
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Ultra-Trace Molecular Detection Instrumentation Based on Aerosol Nucleation with Rapid Preconcentration and Separation
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER86188
Award Amount: $100,000.00


75447-The threat from the proliferation of nuclear weapons creates a continuous need for the long-term monitoring of chemical signatures of nuclear material production (effluents from uranium conversion and enrichment facilities). Detection networks and systems are needed to support the wide-area monitoring, detection, location, and characterization of non-declared nuclear activities. A novel sensor, based on the nucleation principle (gas-to-particle phase transition), will be developed in order to detect low concentrations (parts per trillion and less) of various chemicals in air that are signatures for nuclear material production. In particular, both methods and prototypical hardware will be developed for using aerosol nucleation in combination with high speed chromatographic separation for the selective detection of traces of semi-volatile and volatile chemical signatures of nuclear material production. Phase I will determine the feasibility of developing a sensor that is sensitive, selective, and fast. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: A sensor based on ultra-sensitive analytical techniques should be widely used for nuclear non-proliferation purposes. Other applications include explosives detection, monitoring for chemical weapons and toxic industrial materials, leakage testing, and clean room control.

Principal Investigator:

Vladimir B. Mikheev

Business Contact:

Patricia Irving
Small Business Information at Submission:

Innovatek, Inc.
350 Hills Street Richland, WA 99352

EIN/Tax ID: 911877246
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Battelle Boulevard
MS K6-45, PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
Contact: Thomas McGarry
Contact Phone: (509) 375-6608
RI Type: Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)