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Gold nanoparticle-based mercury analyzer for on-site measurement of soil and sedi

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43ES023729-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R43ES023729
Amount: $149,100.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIEHS
Solicitation Number: PA13-234
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
BERKELEY, CA 94709-1666
United States
DUNS: 78675971
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (510) 915-0152
Business Contact
Phone: (510) 915-0152
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION: Our proposed project, Gold nanoparticle-based mercury analyzer for on-site measurement of soil and sediment, will develop and test the feasibility of nanoparticle- based mercury sensors for on-site measurements. Our focus is on adapting thetechnique to accommodate soil and sediment samples from contaminated sites. Immediate, highly accurate, and sensitive measurements of mercury contamination at sites are the best option. But the high-cost, low portability and low sensitivity of the available instruments often force investigators to collect samples and send them to labs to be analyzed. Gold nanoparticle-based plasmonic mercury sensing is inexpensive, ultra-sensitive, and ideal for portable applications. Using off-the-shelf components, Picoyune will design and build a lightweight (lt20 lbs) and low power sensor that can replace time consuming and costly laboratory methods. The prototype sensor will be tested for feasibility and compared to the other commercial options. The development of s

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