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Multi-Metal Monitoring System Based Upon Spark-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EP-D-05-060
Agency Tracking Number: EP-D-04-018
Amount: $69,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
20 New Englang Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Amy Hunter
 Principal Research Scientist
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 George Caladonia
Title: President, CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

Physical Sciences, Inc. (PSI) proposes to develop a multi-metals emissions monitor to support Title V permitting of large air pollution source based upon its patented spark-induced breakdown spectroscopy (SIBS) technology. Work prior to Phase I has shown that this technique is capable of sensitively monitoring metals in airborne particles that emit in the visible (Pb, Cr, and Cd for example). In order to be useful for measuring all of the metallic hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), however, use of SIBS in the deep UV must be developed. In the Phase I program, therefore, we began the development of a SIBS capability to monitor As and SE, which have strong emissions at 193.7 and 196.0 nm, respectively. This ability will be optimized the Phase II program and will then be married to the existing SBIS technology to create the basis of a monitor that is able to identify and quantify all the metals on the HAPs list. This monitor will be very useful in enabling large air pollution sources, such as incinerators and power plant, to meet their Title V obligations of monitoring and reporting their emissions. The SIBS monitor will operate in real-time, an improvement over the currently used EPA reference method 29, an extractive technique which is labor intensive, slow and not amenable to automation.

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