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  1. Development of Innovative Broad-Spectrum Analysis Methods for PFAS

    SBC: SEACOAST SCIENCE, INC.            Topic: 17NCER3A

    This SBIR addresses EPA’s need for improved sampling and analysis technologies to detect Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). PFAS are used in firefighting sprays, at airports, and for wild fires, and have been used in textile treatments (e.g., it is a component in Scotchgard). It is estimated that 65 million Americans are at risk of PFAS exposure in their drinking water. Seacoast propose ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Environmental Protection Agency
  2. Renewable Bioplastics Production

    SBC: Altex Technologies Corporation            Topic: 17NCER5A

    Altex’s Renewable Bioplastics Production (RBP) technology meets the Greener Plastic Manufacturing needs; to eliminate harmful-petrochemical feed sources, to accomplish toxic-free, low-energy, low cost bioplastics production, to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, and to have environment friendly-biodegradable bioplastics. Altex’s proposed RBP technology combines a novel feeding-sizing-pret ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Environmental Protection Agency
  3. Greener Plastics with High Heat Tolerance for Additive Manufacturing

    SBC: Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.            Topic: 17NCER5B

    Advances in materials and automation are rapidly reshaping the American manufacturing economy. These advances must be embraced to sustain a strong manufacturing sector in the United States. Additive manufacturing is possibly the fastest growing example of this trend, growing at an astonishing compound annual growth rate of 25.7%. The plastic materials market for additive manufacturing, valued at $ ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Environmental Protection Agency
  4. A GREEN AND UNIQUE THERMOSETTING-THERMOPLASTIC POLYCARBONATE

    SBC: INSTRUMENTAL POLYMER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC            Topic: 16NCER2B

    Of the 300 million tons of plastic produced per year most will require 500 years to biodegrade. Currently only 9% is recycled, and 50 million tons of thermoset plastic produced annually that can't be recycled. _x000D_ _x000D_ This project will develop a sustainable and easily biodegradable polycarbonate plastic that is uniquely a recyclable thermoset resin. We call it a thermosetting thermoplastic ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Environmental Protection Agency
  5. An Autonomous Pallet-Stacking Robot for Field Use

    SBC: Tanner Research, Inc.            Topic: 813

    We propose to develop a lightweight and affordable one-armed autonomous robot to transfer produce from a wheeled transport robot to a pallet. In-field automation improves efficiency by increasing production and/or reducing labor costs by up to $35M/year for California strawberries alone. Our robot will improve health and safety by reducing worker injuries from repeated lifting and by minimizing ch ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. An Accessible Microfluidic Protoplast Selection and Isolation Tool for Transformation and Gene Editing Workflows

    SBC: Nodexus Inc            Topic: 813

    Improvements in genome engineering tools have enabled unprecedented control over genetic material, allowing for tremendous potential for creating new crop varieties. As the world population climbs, there are increasing demands to efficiently produce and distribute food. This challenge, as well as higher temperatures, drought, flooding, pests, and disease place food security among the top of worldw ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  7. SPLAT FAW: An inexpensive mating disruption solution to effectively protect row crops from damaging insecticide-resistant fall armyworms.

    SBC: Isca Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 82

    Summary:The objective of this project is to develop SPLAT FAW, a formulation to disrupt the mating of FAW in corn and other row crops, suppressing the pest's population in the treated area as well as the damage inflicted to the crop. An infestation by FAW can cause 15-73% reductions in corn crop yield, leading to losses between $0.5B and $2B a year. This makes FAW a serious liability for agric ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  8. Corn Based Chemistries For Making Renewable Optical Polymers

    SBC: Novol Inc            Topic: 88

    In summary, this proposal will build a route to industrial manufacturing of a commercially viable polymeric material using Corn-based monomers like Isosorbide, test these methods and demonstrate a path to a prototype product. Work presented in this proposal is novel and unique in the following ways:First application of Isosorbide for making optical polymersFirst report of non-brittle Isosorbide po ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  9. Phosphatase engineering for microbial production of a high-value organic acid

    SBC: Lygos, Inc.            Topic: 88

    Lygos is developing novel bio-manufacturing processes to valuable chemicals. Our targeted chemicals have existing, large markets of >$250MM per year. Current petroleum-based production of these chemicals has a number of pitfalls. Current chemical manufacturing requires petroleum feedstocks, utilize environmentally damaging processes, achieve low-yields, and have high production costs. In contra ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  10. Mapping and Predicting Tree Mortality using High-resolution Nanosatellite Data for Improved Forest Management

    SBC: Salo Sciences, Inc.            Topic: 81

    This project will enable forest monitoring at previously inaccessible scales by combining daily, high resolution satellite imagery with deep learning algorithms and extensive field observations. The innovation in this proposal is not in developing any one of the approaches; high resolution imagery has previously been used to map tree mortality, and deep learning has been used for object detection ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture

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