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STTR Phase I: Soil Carbon Monitor

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
80188
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
0539374
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 MANNING RD BILLERICA, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: STTR Phase I: Soil Carbon Monitor
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0539374
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Project concerns the development of field-based analytical instrumentation for the determination of carbon content in soil. The instrumentation will employ laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy utilizing detection of atomic carbon ultraviolet emission. The work plan will focus on a proof-of-principle demonstration using standard soil samples as reference materials. Samples of unknown composition will then be analyzed using the proposed technology. Estimates of precision and accuracy will be determined and compared with values obtained using conventional combustion-based analytical techniques. An economical field-ready instrument will also be designed. Significant amounts of carbon are deposited in the soil by biological activity and, as such, might offer a means of mitigating the effects of anthropomorphically produced carbon dioxide. The resulting need to acquire more accurate terrestrial carbon inventories and measure fluxes will require orders of magnitude more measurements than can be delivered economically using current technology. This project will attempt to develop an economical means of providing such measurements.

Principal Investigator:

Joda C. Wormhoudt
Dr
9786639500
jody@aerodyne.com

Business Contact:

Charles E. Kolb
9786639500
kolb@aerodyne.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aerodyne Research Inc
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Univ of FL
One University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
Contact: James D. Winefordner
Contact Phone: (352) 392-0556
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university