In-situ Monitoring of the Radioactive Contaminant Tc-99 in Groundwater Using a Reagentless Equilibrium-based Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER86303
Agency Tracking Number: 83003
Amount: $99,676.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: 49 b
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Small Business Information
6100 South Maple Avenue, Suite 114, Tempe, AZ, 85283
DUNS: 055890185
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Burge
 (480) 968-5141
Business Contact
 Scott Burge
Title: Dr
Phone: (480) 968-5141
Research Institution
 Laurie Martin
 P.O. Box 999
Richland, WA, 99352
 (509) 373-1671
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Technetium-99 is a significant contaminant of concern at U.S. DOE sites. It is a pure beta-emitting radionuclide with an extremely long half-life (t1/2=2.13 X 105 yrs) and is highly mobile in the environment. Because it is capable of migrating through an aquifer virtually unencumbered, it is essential that the plumes be closely monitored. In this project, an automated field deployable monitoring system, using an equilibration-based preconcentrating minicolumn sensor, will be used to monitor TC-99 concentrations. The system will be capable of being deployed unattended in the field for several months, and measuring TC-99 concentrations below the regulatory limit of 900 pCi/L. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The system should have application at DOE sites with radiological contaminants (Hanford Site, Washington). The system would decrease monitoring costs and enhance the understanding of the fate of radiologicals in the environment.

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