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Rapid Field Trace Detection of Perfluoroalkyl Substance in Water

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: 68HERC20C0052
Agency Tracking Number: B19P2-1B01
Amount: $300,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 19-NCER-P2
Solicitation Number: 68HERC20R0005
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-06-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-05-31
Small Business Information
7964 Arjons Drive, Suite G
San Diego, CA 92126
United States
DUNS: 080274867
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Qingwu Wang
 (978) 799-1416
Business Contact
 Qingwu Wang
Title: President
Phone: (978) 799-1416
Research Institution

Due to increasing concerns over the long-term health effects of PFOS and PFAS on the human body, regulatory agencies have set limits for the concentrations ofPFOS and PFAS in drinking water.Currently, lab-based PFOA and PFOS water tests cost $200-$300 per sample, with a turnaround time of 2-3 weeks.In the program, 2W iTech LLC Proposes to develop a low-cost fieldable sensing technology for detecting trace amounts of PFOA and PFOS in water down to 10 ppt.This unique molecular-imprinting-based analytical technique, which does not require complicated instrumentation will utilize a tiny polymeric-imprinting-based analytical technique, high specificity, fast detection ease of operation, low power concumption, zero chemical release, an low operation cost.In PhaseI, 2WiTech successfully demonstrated the feasibility of field analysis of PFAS using the proposed molecularly imprinted polymer sensing technology.A fabrication process for the molecularly imprinted sensor has been developed, and PFOA-imprinted sensors have been fabricated and evaluated.A detection limit of 10ppt was achieved for the trace detection of PFOA in a lab setting.These phase i development efforts have led to a patent application, which was filled in October 2019.In phase I, we performed a commercialazation assessment of the proposed field sensing technology and discovered that significant environmental benefits can be ecpected from this field sensing technology.It has been comfirmed that the detection of PFAS compounds in the field is absolutely a big problem to solve, and that current lab testing services are time-consuming and expensivean create bottlenecks for fairly large projects.Environmental engineering firms working on PFAS field analysis and treatment have shown tremendous interest in the technology including jacobs, Arcadis, and Carollo engineers.In Phase II, the sensor fabrication process will be optimized and scaled-up and selected will be validated for field PFAS analysis.The goal ofthe Phase II program is to further develop this sensing technology tpward full-scale commercializartion.

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