Mid-Infrared Laser Development for Environmental Monitoring Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,960.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F34601-01-C-0243
Award Id:
52571
Agency Tracking Number:
011XP-0260
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6002 Flaming Oaks Circle, Norman, OK, 73026
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
015978559
Principal Investigator:
Khosrow Namjou
Senior Scientist
(405) 325-4748
knamjou@hotmail.com
Business Contact:
Patrick McCann
President
(405) 919-1187
pmccann@ekipstech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This Phase I SBIR project will demonstrate the feasibility of a novel method for monitoring volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as ubiquitous hazardous solvents in military or industrial environments and their neighboring communities. The long-termobjective of the project is to develop and commercialize a real-time, on-line and autonomous mid-infrared laser spectrometer specifically designed for the routine measurement of VOCs such as benzene, toluene, and methyl-ethyl-ketone. The Phase I projectwork plan is to: 1- demonstrate diode laser absorption measurements of volatile organic molecules of interest; and 2- develop an algorithm to determine concentrations of the detected compounds, 3-determine the most efficient match between the absorptionbands of molecules of interest and detection bands of the spectrometer, 4- design a prototype instrument that will be suitable for autonomous monitoring of ambient air.The increasing pressure on industry to monitor or remedy their environmental pollutionwill create a commercial market for this technology. Other areas of application include detection of chemical and biological weapons, industrial process control, and medical diagnostics.

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