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COCAINE/HEROIN DRUG DETECTION USING SURFACE ACOUSTIC WAVE (SAW) SENSORS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
10998
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10998
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Amerasia Technology, Inc.
2248 Townsgate Road Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: COCAINE/HEROIN DRUG DETECTION USING SURFACE ACOUSTIC WAVE (SAW) SENSORS
Agency: DOT
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $299,600.00
 

Abstract:

THERE IS A NEED FOR A PORTABLE DETECTOR SYSTEM THAT CAN DETECT ILLEGAL DRUGS, PRIMARILY MARIJUANA, COCAINE, AND HEROIN, ENTERING THE UNITED STATES ABOARD MARITIME VESSELS. A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION HAS SHOWN THAT SAW TECHNOLOGY CAN DETECT 10 FEMTOGRAMS (1 X 10-14) WITH A SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO OF 3:1. IN ADDITION, THESE SENSORS HAVE A DYNAMIC RANGE OF OVER 1,000,000. BY COMBINING SAW TECHNOLOGY WITH FAST CHROMATOGRAPHY, FEMTOGRAM SENSITIVITY AND LOW FALSE ALARM RATE ( 1%) CAN BE ACHIEVED. A PORTABLE INSTRUMENT CAPABLE OF TAKING SAMPLES FROM THE OPEN ENVIRONMENT OR SEALED CONTAINERS IS PROPOSED. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PHASE I EFFORT WILL BE TO THEORETICALLYPREDICT AND EXPERIMENTALLY MEASURE THE SENSITIVITY OF SAW SENSORS TO MARIJUANA, COCAINE AND HEROIN. BASED UPON THESE EXPERIMENTS, A PROTOTYPE DRUG DETECTION SYSTEM WILL BE DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED DURING PHASE II. THE ADVANTAGES OF THE PROPOSED APPROACH ARE: (1) THE INSTRUMENT IS BASED ON AN INNOVATIVE COMBINATION OF FAST CHROMATOGRAPHY AND SAW SENSOR TECHNOLOGY, (2) CONSTRUCTION IS BASED UPON SMALL SIZE AND LOW POWER SOLID-STATE COMPONENTS, AND (3) THE DRUG DETECTION SYSTEM CAN BE PORTABLE, REAL-TIME, AND LOW COST.

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Amerasia Technology Inc.
620-1 Hampshire Road Westlake Village, CA 91361

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