Microfabricated Mass Spectrometer for Near Real-Time Toxic Chemical Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911S6-10-C-0004
Agency Tracking Number: A093-144-0338
Amount: $69,839.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-144
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
796 East Utah Valley Drive, Suite 200, American Fork, UT, 84003
DUNS: 126231195
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Bowerbank
 Director Project/Product Management
 (801) 705-6600
Business Contact
 Douglas Later
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (801) 705-6600
Email: maki@signatureresearchinc.com
Research Institution
A need for miniaturized mass spectrometer (MS) instrumentation exists for both stationary point monitoring and applications where instrument size is critical, including military swatch test monitoring of chemical agent permeation rates and field detection of chemical agents. A 50% size and weight reduction over current portable MS instrumentation through modern microfabrication techniques while maintaining excellent performance represents a major breakthrough in detection capability. Planar, microfabricated ion trap (IT) MS devices will be constructed that meet these requirements of high sensitivity, high resolution, tandem MS operation, high operating pressure, reduced cleaning and service requirements, unsurpassed robustness, and ease of use. A novel two-plate microfabrication approach is proposed which will allow higher electric field accuracy than is possible using other microfabricated techniques, resulting in high mass resolution and sensitivity. The dual analyzer will simultaneously characterize both positive and negative ions (including MS/MS mode), allowing detection of a broad range of chemical targets. This approach allows the benefits of microfabrication—higher operating pressure, lower power, lower cost—while overcoming the performance deficiencies of other MS techniques. Widespread interest in the first high performance microfabricated linear ITMS system is anticipated with commercial applications for detection of explosives, drugs, toxic industrial chemicals, and environmental pollutants.

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