Plasmonic MEMS Sensor Array

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0350
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-002-0473
Amount: $99,982.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T002
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
5767 Cove Commons Drive, Suite 103, Hampton Cove, AL, 35741
DUNS: 797455560
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Lance Kelly
 Lead Scientist
 (256) 428-1677
Business Contact
 Joni Green, PMP
Title: President
Phone: (256) 975-0848
Research Institution
 Northwestern University
 Richard P Van Duyne
 Department of Chemistry
2145 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL, 60208
 (847) 491-3516
 Nonprofit college or university
Sensor development researchers and engineers have perpetually sought novel methods to reduce sensor size and improve performance. Continued miniaturization of sensors through micromachining has enabled novel applications and introduced new paradigms for engineered systems to interact with the world. The challenge has always been to improve performance while continually reducing size. In the current state-of-the-art, miniaturized sensors are often pushing the limits of physics, fighting against the effects of reduced scale on sensor mechanics. Meanwhile, in unconnected fields of research, physicists and chemists have been exploring methods for phenomenally sensitive detection of chemical and biological substances through controlled utilization of surface plasmons. Significant progress in this field over the past decade has led to tremendous advances in our ability to detect minute changes in physical and chemical properties very near to a nanostructured surface. Despite these advances, the field of plasmonics has largely been focused on chemical and biological detection. It is our contention, however, that plasmonics can serve a viable and effective role in a wide range of sensing needs. By combining the extreme sensitivity of plasmonic coupling with the versatility of micromachined sensing, miniaturization will continue, enabling inroads into new applications.

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