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In-field analysis of trace U and Pu by electrochemical pre-concentration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA121P0004
Agency Tracking Number: T20B-003-0019
Amount: $167,327.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA20B-003
Solicitation Number: 20.B
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-03-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-09-30
Small Business Information
Rev1 Ventures , 1275 Kinnear Rd
Columbus, OH 43212-1111
United States
DUNS: 080663309
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Vasil Hlinka
 (614) 340-3357
 vasil.hlinka@awaretk.com
Business Contact
 Vasil Hlinka
Phone: (614) 340-3357
Email: vasil.hlinka@awaretk.com
Research Institution
 The Ohio State University
 Anne Co
 
1960 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1016
United States

 (614) 688-8333
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

AwareAbility Technologies (AAT), in collaboration with The Ohio State University (OSU), proposes to develop a small hand-held analysis kit for in-field analysis of trace amounts of Uranium (U) and Plutonium (Pu) that will meet or exceed the requirements set by DTRA. Swipe, dust, or water samples would be analyzed by this kit for isotopes and isotopic ratios to indicate the special nuclear material (SNM) diversion in nuclear fuel cycle, clandestine enrichment activities in foreign weapon programs, and/or post-detonation forensics. The novelty of the idea is to preconcentrate U/Pu directly onto an electrode of an in-house fabricated semiconductor alpha detector by electrodeposition and then perform alpha spectroscopy on-site to provide quantitative measurements of U and Pu, along with their isotopic ratios, and concentrations. The U and Pu deposits will be electrochemically stripped so that the sensor is reusable.

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