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Zero Power Electrochemical Formaldehyde Sensor with Novel Catalyst for Indoor Air Quality

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EPD17031
Agency Tracking Number: B161A-0008
Amount: $99,926.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 16-NCER-1A
Solicitation Number: SOL-NC-16-00038
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-03-13
Small Business Information
8430 Central Avenue, Suite D
Newark, CA 94560-3457
United States
DUNS: 077166385
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Peaslee
 Physicist, Metrology Engineering
 (510) 574-8300
Business Contact
 Ed Stetter
Title: Co-Founder, GM/CFO
Phone: (510) 574-8300
Research Institution

The EPA has announced the need for a low cost Formaldehyde Sensor to reduce exposure to CH2O in the home. SPEC Sensors, LLC. specializes in sensor development, and production, and is focused on bringing air quality monitoring for safety and health into every home._x000D_ SPEC Sensors has developed a low-power amperometric gas sensor fabricated using modern screen printed electronics strategies. These sensors are small (10x10x2mm), low cost (less than $1.50 to fabricate in high volumes), and very low power, requiring only microwatts for measurements. The sensors are extremely stable, robust and capable of very fast response times, with a wide measurement range for selective measurement of the EPA’s "criteria" air pollutants. In addition, while collaborating with KWJ Engineering Inc., SPEC has worked to design low power and zero power wireless multi sensor systems capable of collecting and transmitting data._x000D_ Phase I research will focus on printing and characterizing a low cost amperometric CH2O sensor for ambient level monitoring, while optimizing the stability of the printed electrode, and incorporating it into our digital sensor systems. During Phase II, research into maximizing the sensitivity for sub ppb measurements will be explored, including the sensor’s temperature dependence for outdoor and indoor use.

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