A miniature RFID sensor for biological warfare agents (BWAs) detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0097
Agency Tracking Number: F074-016-0323
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF07-T016
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-08-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-05-16
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, 20855
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Pengcheng Lv
 Senior Scientist
 (301) 294-4764
 plv@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director of Contracts and Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5227
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
 Saif Islam
 3139 Kemper Hall
Davis, CA, 95616
 (530) 754-6732
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In this proposal, Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI) and the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) detail the development of a novel miniature RFID sensor for BWA tracking and identification at a standoff distance. The key innovations of our approach include: a)The design of a planar inverted- F antenna (PIFA) on the RFID chip to receive and transmit RF signal. The compactness, good impedance and radiation performance, and ease of fabrication make PIFA well suited for the current application.; b)The use of a DNA decorated carbon nanotube (CNT) resonator as the chemical sensing element.; c)A compact reader will be implemented with Conventional-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) elements to allow portable applications; and d)The application of similarity measure algorithms to detect minute changes in the detected signal, thus increasing the detection probability and standoff range. Consequently, it is an attainable goal to realize a miniature RFID sensor with a compact and portable reader for long range identification purpose. We expect that the RFID chip will be smaller than 1 cm2, the reader will be manportable, and the total cost of the RFID sensor and the reader will be less than $1K if produced in small volume.

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