Chemical Identification Device for First Responders

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43EH000062-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: EH000062
Amount: $99,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
DUNS: 033449757
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (310) 530-7130
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Project Summary/Abstract: Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc. (IOS) proposes to develop a rugged, handheld, lightweight autonomous chemical identification device that will enable first responders to rapidly and accurately identify and define contamination site boundaries. IOS's innovative sensor device will be based on a multi-agent optical sensor array. It will incorporate a disposable chip comprised of chemically sensitive and highly selective optical waveguides. With wa veguide widths on the order of 100 microns, the chip's high packing density will allow multiple chemical substances to be detected simultaneously with very low false alarm rates. The device will use an advanced system of semiconductor light sources and det ectors to monitor changes in the light guided through the sensors. The optoelectronics and signal processing of this device will be controlled internally, and threat information will be visually displayed. The chips will be highly reproducible, reliable, a nd inexpensive, and will have a long shelf life when packaged, thus allowing them to be disposable and stored in quantity. In Phase I of this project, IOS will demonstrate the feasibility of the multi-agent optical sensor array approach by developing sensi tive, fast acting, and selective waveguide based sensors for three high threat level chemical agents (HCN, H2S and Cl2). In Phase II, IOS will develop a prototype chemical identification device. Project Narrative: Public health will benefit from such a dev ice for several reasons. First, the information it yields can guide responders to the correct degree of protective clothing required. It will also provide data that will help to determine the correct treatment for an exposed individual.

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