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Low Cost Distributed Explosive Detection Device

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
77215
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
06SB2-0396
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MICROSTRUCTURE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
600 SE Assembly Ave. Bldg. 55 Suite 100 Vancouver, WA 98661
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Low Cost Distributed Explosive Detection Device
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-07-C-0110
Award Amount: $98,620.00
 

Abstract:

Automated vapor sampling detectors could potentially provide a detection capability for high vapor pressure explosives such as nitroglycerine (NG). However, for materials such as HMX and RDX, the equilibrium vapor pressures are at least four orders of magnitude lower than conventional trinitro-toluene (TNT) explosives, making detection based on sampling of airborne vapor difficult for all of the explosives without concentration. MicroStructure Technologies (MicroST) has undertaken a mission to develop small, compact, microstructured array detectors for explosive vapors (both nitrogen and peroxide-based materials). The upstream micropillars on the microstructured array have a high surface area and the vapors are adsorbed. The laser energy is coupled by fiber optic into the microarray to desorb a concentrated pulse of concentrated explosive vapor. A Microstructured Array Sampler (MAS) with an inorganic polymer coating as a sensing element to detect the concentrated vapors. The use of the inorganic polymers for explosive detection on an air-sampling microarray for confirmation is innovative. The key innovation of the proposed approach is to use a chip-based laser to selectively desorb a concentrated energetic sample onto sensing polymers coated onto a microarray. Lastly, the alarm signal from the microarray is sent wirelessly to reveal the type of explosive detected.

Principal Investigator:

Joseph Birmingham
Chief Technical Officer
3606943704
Joseph.Birmingham@microsti.com

Business Contact:

Robert Moore
Vice President
3606943704
Robert.Moore@microsti.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MICROSTRUCTURE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
604 West Evergreen Vancouver, WA 98660

EIN/Tax ID: 931288965
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No