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Realtime Detection And Identification Of Airborne Microorganisms Using Infrared Spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911SR-07-C-0039
Agency Tracking Number: C061-102-0114
Amount: $738,198.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD06-102
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-05-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-05-02
Small Business Information
20 Godfrey Drive
Orono, ME 04473
United States
DUNS: 171899805
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brian Ninness
 Senior Research Engineer
 (207) 581-3358
Business Contact
 Luke Doucette
Title: Treasurer
Phone: (207) 581-3358
Research Institution

The goal of this Phase II project is to develop an automated detector system for real-time detection of aerosolized biowarfare agents. Our proposed detection system utilizes Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy as the agent identifier, where the main advantages of this approach are that it is reagentless, operates in complex air environments, and provides fast detection, high sensitivity, and high selectivity for spores with minimal false alarms. Recent research by others, as well as our own work, has successfully shown that FTIR spectroscopy is capable of classifying bioagents from genus to strain level. Current methods of collecting and analyzing bioaerosols do not provide real-time detection capabilities. The novelty of the proposed work is the incorporation of an FTIR detection system that will enable in-situ spectral analysis of the spores directly on the collection device, thereby eliminating logistical burdens associated with sample collection and analysis.

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