Ormosil Nanocomposite-Based Unattended, Field-Deployable and Reversible Optical Sensor for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84417
Agency Tracking Number: 80506S06-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 11
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127, Torrance, CA, 90505
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kisholoy Goswami
 (310) 530-2011
Business Contact
 Latika Datta
Title: Ms.
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Email: latika.datta@innosense.us
Research Institution
Reliable information is needed to assess the effect of carbon sequestration by the global biosphere and its impact on climate change. However, the prediction of carbon sources/sinks, using the atmospheric carbon dioxide inversion method, is currently limited by the availability of high-precision carbon dioxide measurements, which in turn is constrained by high instrument cost and maintenance difficulties. This project will remove this bottleneck by developing a simple, inexpensive, and longer-lasting carbon dioxide sensor, which not only is suitable for autonomous measurements in the field but also exhibits specifications that match larger and expensive research instruments. Phase I will establish feasibility by constructing a working model of the device. High signal-to-noise ratio will be obtained by utilizing ratiometric measurements for achieving a resolution of 1 part in 3000 or better. Sensor performance will be characterized with respect to long-term drift, sensitivity, accuracy, resolution, and lack of interference from smog components such as sulfur dioxide. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by the Applicant: An autonomous system for long term deployment would be applicable to DOE's ecological and environmental research programs for measuring greenhouse gases in media such as the atmosphere, biosphere, soi,l and ocean water. The sensor platform also should be adaptable to the analysis of other trace gases (including ammonia, oxides of nitrogen and sulfur and carbon monoxide) when appropriate indicators are incorporated. Commercial arenas for the technology include trace gas monitoring, pollution monitoring, and industrial process monitoring.

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