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Acoustic Sensors for Detection of Persistent Organic Contaminants in Water

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
72556
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
NOAA 05-16
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Synkera Technologies, Inc.
2605 Trade Centre Ave. LONGMONT, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Acoustic Sensors for Detection of Persistent Organic Contaminants in Water
Agency: DOC
Contract: DG133R06CN0205
Award Amount: $300,000.00
 

Abstract:

This SBIR Phase II project is for the development of an innovative, advanced microsensor for the detection of persistent organic pollutants in natural waters. The proposed sensor is a type of acoustic wave sensor fabricated via micromachining of anodic aluminum oxide, followed by coating with piezoelectric zinc oxide and analyte specific polymers. The sensor design (a flexural plate wave device) offers significant advantages for detection of very low levels of chemical species in liquids compared to surface and bulk acoustic wave devices. Phase I demonstrated the feasibility of detecting low levels of persistent organic contaminants in water using the proposed acoustic sensor. A subsequent Phase II will optimize the sensor design, and extend the flexural plate wave design from a single sensor to multiple sensors in an array. A custom interface for off the shelf instrumentation will be designed and developed in order to fabricate a low cost, field portable instrument for the detection and quantification of chemical compounds in a marine environment.

Principal Investigator:

Debra J. Deininger
Senior Scientist
7204948401
ddeininger@synkera.com

Business Contact:

Stephen S. Williams
President
7204948401
swilliams@synkera.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Synkera Technologies, Inc.
2021 Miller Drive Suite B Longmont, CO 80501

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