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Rapid Concentration of Particles in Large Volumes of Fluid

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-06-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: A064-022-0171
Amount: $99,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-T022
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-02-15
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Edward Rietman
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. Green
Title: President, PSI R&D Operations
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 Jerry A Hirsch
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
United States

 (413) 782-1247
 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences Inc. proposes an innovative approach to rapidly concentrate (1000:1) bacterial spores from large volumes of water for identification. The technique is based on acoustophoresis – the separation of particles with sound. Since the technology has already been demonstrated on a small scale our primary focus is on scalability for large volumes (1000 L) in short periods of time (10 min). A primary advantage of our proposed technology is that there are no filters to replace, and after concentrating the bacterial spores can be withdrawn with a few drops of water to facilitate their analysis on biochemical spot tests.

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