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A MEMBRANE CONCENTRATOR FOR EXPLOSIVES DETECTION

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
18804
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
18804
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
39630 Eureka Drive Newark, CA 94560
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: A MEMBRANE CONCENTRATOR FOR EXPLOSIVES DETECTION
Agency: DOT
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $487,998.00
 

Abstract:

A VAPOR DETECTION SYSTEM ABLE TO ANALYZE ORGANIC VAPORS AT VERY LOW CONCENTRATIONS WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO SCREEN AIR TRAVEL PASSENGERS AND THEIR BAGGAGE FOR EXPLOSIVES. THE LEVEL OF SENSITIVITY REQUIRED FOR THE DETECTOR IS BETWEEN 1 AND 100 X 10-15 G OF THE MATERIAL OF CONCERN. CURRENT DETECTORS WITH THIS SENSITIVITY ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR USE AT AIRPORT GATES. THE GOAL OF THE PROPOSED PROGRAM IS TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING A MEMBRANE SEPARATION SYSTEM TO CONCENTRATE ORGANIC VAPOR IN A DILUTE AIR STREAM 1,000- TO 10,000-FOLD. THIS LEVEL OF PRECONCENTRATION WOULD ALLOW THE USE OF DETECTORS THAT ARE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS SENSITIVE AND, CONSEQUENTLY, MORE ROBUST AND LESS COSTLY.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Ingo Pinnau
Senior Research Scientist
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Membrane Technology
1360 Willow Road Suite 103 Menlo Park, CA 94025

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