SBIR Phase I: A Miniaturized Sensor for Determining the Optical Properties of Aerosols

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0839402
Agency Tracking Number: 0839402
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: EL
Solicitation Number: NSF 08-548
Small Business Information
5710 FLATIRON PKWY, BOULDER, CO, 80301
DUNS: 786731802
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Walker
 MS
 (303) 440-5576
 jwalker@dropletmeasurement.com
Business Contact
 John Walker
Title: MS
Phone: (303) 440-5576
Email: jwalker@dropletmeasurement.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a palm-sized and low-cost instrument for measuring the characteristics and distribution of airborne black carbon aerosol particles. Based on an existing analyzer, the optical property analyzer will use photoacoustic detection of aerosol light absorption in a miniature package. Current instruments are too large to be deployed easily in the upper atmosphere. The outcome of this proposed project is the development of a low cost but robust and accurate sensor that can be deployed on multiple platforms, manned and unmanned aircraft, balloons, ocean buoys, towers and in urban monitoring stations. If successful the broader impact of this activity will stem from rapid diffusion of knowledge that will occur once this new technology is made available to the international community. This new instrument circumvents the limitations of the technology that is currently being used in both research and monitoring applications.

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