Low-Cost and Lightweight Polymet Nanowire Microelectronic Sensor Device for Trace Level Detection of CO2

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-08ER84967
Agency Tracking Number:
86276
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Innosense, Llc
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127, Torrance, CA, 90505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
114060861
Principal Investigator:
Maksudul Alam
Dr.
(310) 530-2011
maksudul.alam-1@innosense.us
Business Contact:
Latika Datta
Ms.
(310) 530-2011
kisholoy.goswami@innosense.us
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Improved CO2 measurement technology is needed to achieve better characterization and understanding of the carbon transformations of soil, vegetation, and associated ecosystem components and exchanges with the atmosphere. This project will develop and test a low-cost, lightweight, miniaturized, polymer-nanowire-based electronic sensor for determining CO2 gas concentration in soil. These devices will utilize electrochemically-grown polymer nanowires between microscale, photolithographically-patterned electrode junctions. The instrument would provide CO2 measurements that are fast and reliable compared to existing techniques and devices. The sensor device would be highly sensitive, miniaturized, rugged, long-lasting and cost-effective. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The polymer nanowire CO2 sensor would help DOE achieve cost savings by optimizing the utilization of resources for carbon cycle measurements of the atmosphere and biosphere. Such a device should find use in a variety of applications, including firefighting, hazardous material response, hazardous material workers, industrial safety workers (e.g., coal miners, steel workers, etc.), and industrial confined space monitoring.

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