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STTR Phase I: Novel Biomimetic Nanostructures for Air Monitoring in Smart…

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National Science Foundation
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Program Year/Program:
2005 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Midwest Micro-Tek, LLC
1010 32nd Ave. Brookings, SD 57006
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: STTR Phase I: Novel Biomimetic Nanostructures for Air Monitoring in Smart Buildings
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0441650
Award Amount: $100,000.00


This Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I project combines nanotechnology and biotechnology to develop a new type of biomimetic sensing structure for monitoring air quality in buildings as a part of a smart system to enhance security by preventing current and future vulnerabilities. The innovation in this work is the combination of new nanoscale fabrication technologies with a new theory on biological olfaction based on electron tunneling, which may make possible the development of a true electronic nose that has significant performance improvements as compared to existing technologies. The objective of this work is to determine the feasibility of using nano-fabrication techniques and structures to mimic biological olfaction so that toxic gases can be measured with significantly improved selectivity, stability, sensitivity, and response times. This research will enhance scientific and technological understanding, and if successful, will allow the development of an electronic nose with significantly improved capabilities over existing technology. This technology will provide significant benefit to society by improving homeland security and detection methods in other fields where odor analysis is important such as medical diagnosis, food and beverage characterization, and chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Principal Investigator:

Russell D. Mileham

Business Contact:

Russell D. Mileham
Small Business Information at Submission:

Midwest Micro-Tek LLC
1010 - 32nd Ave. Brookings, SD 57006

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
South Dakota State University
Box 2201, Admin 130
Brookings, SD 57006
Contact: David W. Galipeau
Contact Phone: (605) 688-4618
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university