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Microfluidic Sensors for In-line Water Monitoring Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0144
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4021
Amount: $1,527,200.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-157
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-03-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-03-21
Small Business Information
6655 Lookout Rd, Ste 100 C
Boulder, CO -
United States
DUNS: 124409108
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ross Thomas
 (720) 841-7852
Business Contact
 Ross Thomas
Title: President
Phone: (720) 841-7852
Research Institution

This U.S. Army sponsored SBIR project addresses the development of new, in-line sensors interfaced (via wireless communication protocols) with ruggedized, PDA-sized data logging devices that are able to provide tactical water purification operators (92W) with a real-time diagnostic tool for verifying treatment process operation, removal of contaminants and performance optimization. Key results from Phase I studies demonstrated sensor accuracies of 0.3% to 5.5% and sensor precision of 0.5% to 6.1%, respectively, for monitoring 5 distinct water quality parameters. Phase II Technical Objectives focus on extending the capabilities of these devices for also monitoring the performance of critical water treatment processes (i.e., microfiltration, coagulation, anti-scalant effectiveness and granular activated carbon saturation). Once deployed, Syntrotek’s in-line sensors will enable health, safety and security improvements to U.S. soldiers by replacing periodic sampling of potable water treatment systems with continuous monitoring of multiple water quality parameters over a broad range of monitoring locations (i.e., before/after treatment components, storage tanks, distribution lines, etc.); thereby, greatly reducing exposure risks from hazardous water contaminants.

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