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Handheld Trace Explosives Sampler

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC080100
Agency Tracking Number: 711204
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB07.1-001
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-09-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-06-15
Small Business Information
107 Audubon Road #5
Wakefield, MA 01880
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Bunker
 (781) 246-0700
Business Contact
 Diane Ryan
Phone: (781) 246-0700
Research Institution

Non contact trace explosives detection has not been comparable to results obtained from wipe sampling. Many issues, including finding a method to release particles from a surface, efficient particle and vapor transport, and limited particle and vapor trap collection efficiency have all limited the process. Other related issues have included cost of ownership, ease of contamination removal, and compatibility with existing detection equipment. This Phase II proposal summarizes work performed on a Phase I SBIR program to develop solutions for these problems. The methods used in the final prototype hand sampler include aerosol ablation for particle release, a vortex attractor for particle and vapor transport, and a planar stainless steel mesh with optional coating for particle and vapor collection.

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