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Miniature, Rugged Vacuum System for Portable Mass Spectrometers

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
94794
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1021084
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB010.2-002
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH 03755-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Miniature, Rugged Vacuum System for Portable Mass Spectrometers
Agency: DHS
Contract: D10PC20035
Award Amount: $99,968.00
 

Abstract:

DHS and the military have an urgent need for sensitive detectors of harmful materials such as toxic industrial chemicals, explosives, and chemical and biological warfare agents. Handheld instruments must be sensitive, able to detect a wide variety of target compounds in a matter of seconds, reliably discriminate between innocuous and harmful compounds, and be relatively inexpensive. A technology with great promise for addressing all of these requirements is miniature ion trap mass spectrometry (MIT-MS). These relatively simple devices are capable of detecting, identifying, and quantitating target compounds with great sensitivity and high levels of confidence. Mass spectrometry, nearly unique among analytical instrumental methods, combines high sensitivity with generality, i.e., applicability towards all compound classes, thus offering the high molecular information necessary for confident identification. One of the biggest factors preventing the development of truly low-cost and portable MIT-MS is the cost and size of the high vacuum system required for its operation. Creare proposes to address this by developing an innovative, miniature, rugged, vacuum system.

Principal Investigator:

Paul H. Sorenson
6036402340
phs@creare.com

Business Contact:

Sheryl D. Belanger
6036402487
contractsmgr@creare.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Creare Incorporated
16 Great Hollow Road P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH 03755

EIN/Tax ID: 020259551
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No