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SBIR Phase I: Laser Photoacoustic Sensor for Air Toxic and Trace Gas Compounds

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1045978
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
BC
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
MASSTECH, INC.
6992 COLUMBIA GATEWAY DR, #200 COLUMBIA, MD 21046-2985
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: SBIR Phase I: Laser Photoacoustic Sensor for Air Toxic and Trace Gas Compounds
Agency: NSF
Contract: 1045978
Award Amount: $149,948.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project aims at developing laser photoacoustic spectroscopy (LPAS) sensor for continuous, real-time measurements of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and other air pollutants such as Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide. The intellectual merit of the activity lies in the creation of a new a operationally simple, low cost, robust, compact, ruggedized field-deployable and affordable ambient air and stationary source pollution sensor that is capable of real-time measuring multiple pollutant and toxic compounds simultaneously. The instrument will use the newly advanced quantum cascade laser (QCL) or interband cascade laser (ICL) absorption to accurately quantify multiple chemical compounds within a short period of time (~ 40 to 60 seconds) with a precision of sub parts per billion. The broader/commercial impacts of this research are expected to be within numerous areas including: 1) Air toxic measurements, such as ambient air and stationary source pollution monitoring, industrial hygiene monitoring, confined space monitoring and process emission monitoring, etc. 2) Global atmospheric monitoring of air toxics, air pollutants, greenhouse gases, and trace species. 3) Military applications. Besides the environmental and industrial application, many other military applications including detection of Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA), explosives, TICs, can make use of the devices developed in this project. Potential customers include the EPA, NOAA or NASA for environmental monitoring, DoD for detection of IED (JIEDDO), the DHS for detection of explosives and scanning of luggage (TSA), etc.

Principal Investigator:

Guangkun Li
4435390139
homer@apmaldi.com

Business Contact:

Guangkun Li
DEng
4435390139
homer@apmaldi.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Masstech
6992 columbia gateway drive ste 160 Columbia, MD 21046-2985

EIN/Tax ID: 522333154
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No