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Microelectrochemical Sensors for Hazardous Material Detection

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Department of Health and Human Services
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
2605 Trade Centre Ave. LONGMONT, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Microelectrochemical Sensors for Hazardous Material Detection
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43OH008834-01
Award Amount: $99,000.00


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Synkera Technologies proposes to develop new electrochemical sensors for the identification of failures in hazardous materials containment systems, such as chemical storage tanks. These sensors will form the basis for m iniaturized devices that can be used for stand alone leak detection of small containment systems (drums) and they will be inexpensive enough to use in distributed network systems to monitor potential leaks from multiple points on large vessels throughout a n industrial facility. Failures in hazardous materials containment systems can lead to catastrophic accidents leading to injury and loss of life, or can cause workers to be routinely exposed, unecessarily, to toxic chemicals over long periods of time, whic h can have chronic effects on health. This effort will produce a new generation of solid state electrochemical sensors with excellent performance, enabling competition with known, but much higher cost, technologies and potentially creating new applications (due to significant cost advantages). The proposed sensor is based on development of a new kind of fuel cell technology, and represents a significant advance in related devices that are already widely used for gas detection. Using advances in materials an d analytical chemistry, Synkera will develop advanced sensors and electronics to operate them in very small, affordable devices which will be ameanable for implementation in distibuted networks for wide range monitoring. This project will develop new, impr oved, practical and cost effective gas detection devices that can be used in multiple settings for the protection of workers and the general public. It is expected that these devices will greatly reduce the risk of catastrophic accidents and long term expo sure to toxic gases created by failures in hazardous materials containment systems.

Principal Investigator:

Clayton J. Kostelecky

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Synkera Technologies, Inc. 2605 Trade Centre Ave. LONGMONT, CO 80503

EIN/Tax ID: 364528660
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No