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Integrated Self-powered MEMS-Insect Swarms for biochemical detection

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Award ID:
91442
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
C091-105-0126
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Agiltron Corporation
15 Presidential Way Woburn, MA 01801-1040
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Integrated Self-powered MEMS-Insect Swarms for biochemical detection
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Contract: W911NF-09-C-0071
Award Amount: $69,995.00
 

Abstract:

In this program, Agiltron proposes the development of self-powered bio-mechanical swarms for detection and communication of biochemical agents for both civil and defense applications. We propose to integrate a micro electro-mechanical suite of sensors, actuators, power harvesters and electronics by surgical insertion during early metamorphosis of insects to allow rugged and reliable biomechanical interfaces, vital to high survival rates of resulting platforms. The novelty in the proposed approach is the use of low-power high sensitivity micromechanical chemical sensors with buried differential piezoresistive readout for integrated readout, high efficiency electromagnetic vibration scavengers for optical power scavenging, and biomimetic, high-efficiency electromagnetic actuators for direct muscle actuation to modulate output characteristics of insects. Use of electromagnetic actuation principles allow for extremely flexible design for optimal design of the actuator and power scavenger, enabling optimal bioMEMS platforms.

Principal Investigator:

Shankar Radhakrishnan
Senior MEMS Engineer
7819351200
shankar@agiltron.com

Business Contact:

Geoffrey Burnham
VP of Government Business
7819351200
gburnham@agiltron.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AGILTRON CORP.
15 Cabot Road Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043539587
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No