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VOC Breath Analysis with Ultra-Sensitive Microwave Spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: W81XWH-17-C-0059
Agency Tracking Number: H16C-002-0066
Amount: $149,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHP16C-002
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-11-23
Small Business Information
310 5th St.
Charleroi, PA 15022
United States
DUNS: 187594788
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. James Uplinger
 (724) 483-3946
Business Contact
 Ms. Gena Johnson
Phone: (724) 483-3946
Research Institution
 West Virginia University, C. Eugene
 Dr. Suzanne Bell
217 Clark Hall West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

 (304) 296-8606
 Nonprofit College or University

Nokomis proposes to develop a real-time microwave spectroscopy device to identify Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) associated with Pulmonary Oxygen Toxicity. Exhaled breath contains VOCs that act as signatures of bodily health, and are able to be utilized for health diagnostics. The proposed work will demonstrate sensitivity to the presence of chemicals at less than 50 ppb concentration levels, and focus on characterization of VOCs that have been shown to be linked to Pulmonary Oxygen Toxicity. Nokomis has demonstrated expertise in trace chemical detection using the Hiawatha sensor in a microwave spectroscopy measurement device. The proposed effort builds on that expertise that will result in a high precision, high accuracy, and portable analytic device. The proposed effort will measure chemical compounds of interest through the absorption of microwave energy, and correlate these measurements with Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy measurements of the gas samples collected. The effort will provide a strong foundation for further development of a prototype device under a Phase II effort.

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