INTERFACIAL CONDENSATION POLYMERS FOR ANALYTE-SPECIFIC SENSOR COATINGS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 6973
Amount: $49,367.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Bend Research Inc
64550 Research Rd, Bend, OR, 97701
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 DR JAMES R LOWELL JR
 (503) 382-4100
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
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Abstract
MANY U.S. INDUSTRIES ARE FINDING THAT THEIR SURVIVAL WILL DEPEND ON SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY. THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW SENSORS IS VITAL TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ROBOTICS OR AUTOMATION, THE MOST COMMON MEANS OF INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY. IN ONE OF THE MOST PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO ANALYZING COMPLEX MIXTURES, PARTIALLY SELECTIVE SENSORS ARE COMBINED IN AN ARRAY WITH APPROPRIATE ELECTRONIC PROCESSING OF THE VARIOUS RESPONSES. A NEW APPROACH TO THE PREPARATION OF PARTIALLY SELECTIVE SENSORS WILL BE INVESTIGATED, IN WHICH AN ANALYTE-SELECTIVE POLYMER FILM IS APPLIED TO A PIEZOELECTRIC POLYVINYLIDINE FLUORIDE (PVDF) FILM. THE ANALYTE-SELECTIVE POLYMERS CHOSEN SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A PHYSICAL RESPONSE THAT CAN BE CONVERTED TO AN ELECTRICAL SIGNAL BY THE PIEZOELECTRIC FILM. SENSORS BASED ON PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIALS HAVE BEEN USED PRIMARILY TO MEASURE VAPOR-PHASE COMPONENTS. THE SENSORS RESULTING FROM THIS PROGRAM, HOWEVER, WILL BE INTENDED SPECIFICALLY FOR MEASURING OF CONCENTRATIONS OF COMPONENTS OF LIQUID SOLUTIONS. SUCH SENSORS WOULD HAVE WIDE APPLICATION FOR AUTOMATED PROCESS CONTROL IN THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY.

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