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Rapid Response Sensors for Advanced Control Technologies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 33018
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1996
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
10960 North Stallard Place
Tucson, AZ 85737
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 T. Yadav
 (520) 575-1354
Business Contact
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Research Institution

The proposed program focuses on developing a novel, low-cost sensor that is ultra-sensitive to emissions from fuel combustors. Commercially available sensors exhibit slow response and poor sensitivity and not suited for dynamic engine control technologies. Nanomaterials Research Corporation (NRC) will develop and demonstrate sensors based on nanostructured materials that are stable, ultra-sensitive and near-instantaneous in response to composition variations. The Phase I effort will focus on oxygen as analyte. Phase I will establish the proof-of-concept, Phase II will optimize and field test the sensor with lead customers, and Phase III will commercialize the sensor to niche markets. Anticipated Benefits: The military will benefit from reduced cost, highly reliable sensors for advanced adaptive control technology. Commercial applications include controlling emissions and enhancing fuel efficiency of natural gas engines, diesel based engines, and of stationary combustion units such as furnaces and kilns. Such sensors would be significant value to process control industry for enhanced energy efficiencies and process selectivities.

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