SBIR Phase I: Highly Specific Nanoparticle Gas Sensors: HCN and SO2

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0320360
Agency Tracking Number: 0320360
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
CC Technology
PO Box 3112, Laramie, WY, 82071
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Watson
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Business Contact
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Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I proposes to explore the feasibility of creating a low-cost gas sensor highly specific to trace levels of HCN and SO2. The project consists of two parallel efforts; one to create a nanostructured substrate that selectively binds HCN and SO2, and another to create a low-cost, species-specific Raman spectrometer. Together, both technologies form a complete, quantitative, near real-time sensor for monitoring HCN and SO2. Such a sensor would have broad applicability to homeland security monitoring, environmental emissions monitoring, and to fire rescue applications (smoke inhalation of HCN). The project advances the practice of Raman spectroscopy in several significant ways. First it seeks to apply Au nanostructure technology to solid-gas interfaces. Secondly, it proposes a Raman monitor that is compact and low-cost. The technology used to make the Raman monitor is both novel and highly practical for the development of commercial Raman monitors. This sensor should have broad applications for users of cyanide or sulfur dioxide products. Hydrogen cyanide is particularly toxic and used in large quantities in the production of plastics and mining of precious metals. Perfunctory analysis of the market indicates several large chemical firms that are interested in the proposed device. The device is also needed to provide rapid detection of hydrogen cyanide or sulfur dioxide.

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