Indoor Formaldehyde Detection by a Low-Cost Chemical Sensor Based on Organic Nanofibers

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: 68HERD19C0002
Agency Tracking Number: B17P2-1A01
Amount: $299,606.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 16-NCER-1A
Solicitation Number: 68HE0D18R0009
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-12-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-11-30
Small Business Information
36 S. Wasatch Drive, Mail Stop SMBB 5527, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112-5001
DUNS: 968558481
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Later
 (801) 557-3557
Business Contact
 Douglas Later
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (801) 557-3557
Research Institution
Need: People are exposed to formaldehyde, a carcinogen found in building materials. Highly sensitive, real-time formaldehyde sensors would improve human safety by alerting users to harmful concentrations. _x000D_ _x000D_ Technical Feasibility: Vaporsens produces chemical sensors based on novel organic nanofiber technology. Phase 1 results demonstrated high selectivity, rapid-response time, and demonstrated sensitivity to 10 ppb. Phase 2 will improve sensor performance, evaluate reproducibility, and test effectiveness in real-world environments. _x000D_ _x000D_ Applications: Formaldehyde monitoring in indoor environments, including homes, workplaces, and manufacturing facilities. _x000D_ _x000D_ Users: consumers, wood product manufacturers, regulators, environmental researchers, property managers, chemical hygienists._x000D_ _x000D_ Evidence of Buyers: Vaporsens conducted 100+ interviews with customers who report an urgent need to detect formaldehyde._x000D_ Vaporsens has been approached by several manufacturers of consumer and professional products with interest in monitoring_x000D_ formaldehyde in indoor environments._x000D_ _x000D_ Potential Market Size: The 2016 total indoor air quality market was valued at $8.3B, with equipment valued at $4.2B. _x000D_ _x000D_ Performance Compared to Other Technologies: Current formaldehyde detectors lack sensitivity and are cross-reactive to common chemicals (e.g., ethanol). Vaporsens sensors are more selective and sensitive at a comparable cost._x000D_ _x000D_ Environmental Benefits: Formaldehyde monitoring alerts building occupants to act when concentrations exceed safe thresholds._x000D_ Increased awareness incentivizes industries to decrease formaldehyde use, reducing emissions.

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