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Detection of Metals in Soil by Spark Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
41720
Program Year/Program:
1998 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
41720
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Physical Sciences Inc.
20 New England Business Center Andover, MA 01810-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1998
Title: Detection of Metals in Soil by Spark Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $74,976.00
 

Abstract:

50327-98-I Detection of Metals in Soil by Spark Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy--Physical Sciences Inc., 20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA 01810-1077; (978) 689-0003 Dr. Amy J.R. Hunter, Principal Investigator Mr. George E. Caledonia, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-98ER82643 Amount: $74,976 Efforts to remediate DOE hazardous waste sites contaminated with metal pollutants are slowed by lack of practical field screening devices for the measurement of these materials. The availability of rapid field screening for metals will speed site characterization by minimizing the number of samples requiring laboratory analysis. The overall goal of this project is the development of a prototype field screening device for metals in soil based upon spark-induced spectroscopy (SIBS), which makes use of an electric spark to simultaneously atomize and excite metals atoms. Following this excitation, the atomic emission is used to identify and quantitate the metals present in a sample. Phase I of this project is the proof-of-principle that SIBS can be used to observe lead and chromium in a soil matrix. It will explore matrix and co-contaminant effects upon the method, among other parameters. At the end of Phase I, a preliminary design of the Phase II instrument will have been developed. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The development of a simple, rugged and inexpensive field screening tool for metals will speed site characterization in the private sector as well as in DOE operations. _

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Amy J.R. Hunter
Principal Scientist
9786890003

Business Contact:

Mr. George E. Caledonia
President
9786890003
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Sciences, Inc.
20 New England Business Center Andover, MA 01810

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