Chemical and Explosive Vapor Detection in Shipping Containers with Remotely Accessed Microcantilever Array Sensors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$199,828.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-10-C-0165
Agency Tracking Number:
04SB1-0079
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 04-005
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Nevada Nanotech Systems, Inc. (NNTS)
661 Sierra Rose Drive, Reno, NV, 89511
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145411216
Principal Investigator:
Jesse Adams
VP and CTO
(775) 287-1220
jdadams@unr.edu
Business Contact:
Ralph Whitten
President
(530) 368-2870
rwhitten@earthlink.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The remarkable sensitivity, compactness, low cost, low power-consumption, scalability, and versatility of microcantilever sensors make this technology possibly the best solution for container screening. In Phase I, Nevada Nanotech Systems (NNTS) successfully demonstrated all components of a prototype sensor system for measuring the concentrations of unlawful or hazardous materials in shipping containers. The 20-month Phase II program will be an iterative development effort whereby successive versions of a field prototype are built, tested, modified and optimized. The effort will be split into two, 10-month programs, A and B. The Phase II A program is structured as a concentrated design cycle, followed by the building of a field prototype and initial laboratory testing of this instrument. The Phase II B program begins with a focused period of field prototype testing in a lab environment, emphasizing key performance metrics. The sensor will be tested using varying analyte concentrations and varying mixtures. During two field tests, the sensor system will be installed in a shipping container and exposed to controlled traces of chemical and/or explosive vapors. The objective of this program is a robust, rigorously characterized field prototype sensor system ready for development into a commercial product.

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