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Advanced Robotic Detection of Chemical Agents, Toxic Industrial Gases, and IEDs for Force Health Protection.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-06-C-0386
Agency Tracking Number: A064-029-0047
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-T029
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-07-14
Small Business Information
2400 Lincoln Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001
United States
DUNS: 113362300
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Frank Hartley (PM)
 (626) 447-2404
Business Contact
 Jim Weiss
Title: Chairman
Phone: (818) 354-5420
Research Institution

We propose to develop a novel chemical agent sensor through a joint collaborative effort between IonFinity, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Imaginative Technologies. This chemical sensor consists of 1) a new and powerful detector called a Differential Mobility Spectrometer which has been developed at Imaginative Technologies by team member Dr. Gary Eiceman, and 2) a novel “soft-ionization” method, based upon the micro field-soft ionizing membrane that does not fragment or multiply-ionize the sampled species which has been developed recently at JPL in collaboration with IonFinity. Our goal is to design and prototype an inexpensive, compact – 2 Kg, field portable, stand-off high-efficiency, rugged, integrated detection and identification system (TRL 6 ) for chemical warfare agents, industrial toxic gases, and chemical components of Improvised Explosive Devices in air, water and solid and integrate it with one of the emerging family of Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems compliant unmanned ground vehicles intended for medical force health protection and combat casualty care missions. The device detects chemicals at low ppb levels after 10 seconds. Detection levels are similar to those of mass spectrometry but without the complicated, bulky vacuum system.

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