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SBIR Phase I: A Lateral Field Excited Immunosensor for Pathogenic Bacteria in…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
79544
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0539598
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mainely Sensors, LLC
20 GODFREY DR ORONO, ME 04473 3610
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: SBIR Phase I: A Lateral Field Excited Immunosensor for Pathogenic Bacteria in Drinking Water
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0539598
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of a lateral field excited (LFE) acoustic wave immunosensor for the detection of the pathogenic bacteria, E. coli, in drinking water. Current methods of testing drinking water for E. coli have several major drawbacks, which include time- and labor-intensive sample collection and lengthy laboratory analyses that can take at least 24 hours. The research objectives will be to optimize the LFE electrode geometry resulting in a maximum sensing area and efficient excitation of the thickness shear mode in AT-cut quartz and to determine the LFE immunosensor sensitivity, selectivity, response time, and reproducibility for the detection of non-enteropathogenic E. coli and compare them to similar results obtained using the standard quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). The Phase I work will result in an immunosensor that is not only directly applicable for the in situ determination of drinking water quality but may also be applicable for a wide range of applications in areas such as environmental safety, homeland security, agriculture, and medicine.

Principal Investigator:

Lester A. French
Mr
2075812239
lester.french@umit.maine.edu

Business Contact:

John F. Vetelino
Mr
2075812264
vet@eece.main.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mainely Sensors
Target Technology Center Orono, ME 04473

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No