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Development of a Fieldable Soil Carbon Monitor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER86405
Agency Tracking Number: 91234
Amount: $99,815.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 43 a
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
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
 David Sonnenfroh
 Dr
 (978) 689-0003
 sonnenfroh@psicorp.com
Business Contact
 B Green
Title: Dr
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Email: green@psicorp.com
Research Institution
 University of Denver
 Jonathan Ormes
 
Office of Research and Sponsor Denver Research Institute
Denver, CO 80208
United States

 (303) 871-3552
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

Proper management of soils and vegetation can increase their uptake of CO2 and therefore allow them to become more effective ¿land-sinks¿ for the mitigation of global climate change. This project will apply spark-induced breakdown spectroscopy (SIBS), a technique that has been used to perform elemental composition measurements in both aerosol and soil matrices, to the measurement of carbon in soil. Phase I will seek to prove the basic idea of applying SIBS to this measurement and identify optimal data handling approaches. Phase II will develop and test a fully miniaturized prototype. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: A small, rugged, and fieldable monitor for soil carbon would help assess management strategies for the sequestration of carbon dioxide in soil. The device also could be extended to hazardous waste characterization and on-line powder analysis.

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