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A microfluidic ice nucleating particle counter for continuous measurements from small aerial platforms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0018474
Agency Tracking Number: 0000234765
Amount: $223,282.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 23a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001770
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-04-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-08
Small Business Information
5485 Conestoga Court Suite 104B
Boulder, CO 80301-2753
United States
DUNS: 079964197
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gavin McMeeking
 (970) 310-5186
Business Contact
 Gavin McMeeking
Phone: (970) 310-5186
Research Institution
 Clemson University
 Andrew Metcalf
230 Kappa Street Suite 200, Box 345702
Clemson, SC 29634-5702
United States

 (864) 656-0464
 Nonprofit College or University

Quantifying atmospheric aerosol, clouds and precipitation processes are critical needs for understanding and interpreting Earth’s changing energy budget, is a DOE objective, and is of broader benefit to the public. Specifically, the formation of ice in the atmosphere depends on the nature and abundance of ice nucleating particles, and has major implications for precipitation and cloud interactions with incoming solar radiation. Improved observational capabilities are required to advance understanding of ice nucleating particles, and there is a substantial gap between current needs and existing instruments, particularly those suitable for newly developed unmanned platforms. This project develops a new commercial instrument for measuring ice nucleating particles based on microfluidic techniques, which involve manipulating fluids on sub- millimeter scales. The small size and power requirements possible thanks to the use of microfluidic methods allow for the development of an instrument small enough for use on unmanned platforms.

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