SBIR Phase I:Rydberg Fingerprint Spectroscopy for Sensitive Identification of Isomerically-Dependent Environmental Pollutants. Test Case: Dioxins

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,798.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1013149
Award Id:
98982
Agency Tracking Number:
1013149
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
BT3
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3 Davol Square, Suite 301, Providence, RI, 02903
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Geiser
BArch
(401) 523-5277
joseph.geiser@ryontech.com
Business Contact:
Joseph Geiser
BArch
(401) 523-5277
joseph.geiser@ryontech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I project will develop a spectroscopic device for detecting and discriminating congeners of isomeric compounds based on their Rydberg spectroscopic "fingerprints." It enables the development of a new analytical tool for the detection of dioxins which are environmental contaminants that arise from combustion of organic materials in the presence of chlorine. Dioxins build up in human tissues, causing long-term health problems including cancer, diabetes, endometriosis and others. The toxicity of many isomers is unknown, as it is difficult to selectively identify many isomeric forms of dioxins. Current analytical methods involve mass spectrometry (MS), or tandem-MS techniques. However, the former cannot identify individual isomers, while the latter lacks sufficient sensitivity to reach low detection limits. The broader/commercial impact of the project will be to potentially impact the $6 billion worldwide market for mass spectrometers, of which the investigators expect to capture 1 percent, or $60 million. In addition, differentiation of isomeric forms with high sensitivity in a compact form-factor would be a new and welcome capability in multiple scientific fields, including air pollution monitoring, toxicology, and exposure assessment.

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