In-Situ Analytical System for Remote Determination of 90Sr Flux through the Aquifer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER86266
Agency Tracking Number: 80672T06-I
Amount: $99,697.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: 07
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
6100 South Maple Avenue, Suite 114, Tempe, AZ, 85283
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Burge
 (480) 968-5141
Business Contact
 David Hoffman
Title: Mr.
Phone: (480) 968-5141
Research Institution
 Battelle Memorial Institute
 Laurie Martin
 902 Battelle Boulevard
P.O. Box 999, MSIN K9-45
Richland, WA, 99352
 (509) 375-2951
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
The long-term monitoring of groundwater contamination plumes, needed to determine the fate of contaminants generated from past weapons-production activities, is expensive and labor intensive. Becauses of the high costs, monitoring programs collect less data than required to fully understand the fate and transport mechanisms of the contaminants. One source of the high costs is the expense associated with off-site, analytical laboratory services, which may take months before analytical results are returned. If analyses could be performed using remote analytical systems, tremendous cost benefits and increases in data quantity would be possible. This project will design, fabricate, and deploy a remote in situ monitoring system capable of measuring specifically targeted radionuclides in groundwater. Phase I will design a 90Sr analytical system, which will be capable of preconcentrating 90Sr from groundwater and then measuring the 90Y daughter product via the Cherenkov detection technique. A monitoring system capable of simultaneous measurement of groundwater conductivity and pH, in addition to the 90Sr analyzer module, will be fabricated for bench testing. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by the Applicant: The automated monitoring system, which will be designed for a "plug and play" configuration, will employ modular configuration and remote detection capabilities, enabling the system to be used in environmental restoration, homeland security, and national defense applications.

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