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Ultra Sensitive Rama Device for Detecting Arsenic in Water Utilizing Fractal/Microcavity Composite

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EP-D-06-045
Agency Tracking Number: EP-D-06-045
Amount: $69,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
Genesis Ctr. MSC 3APR, Box 3001, Research Dr., Las Cruces, NM, 88003
DUNS: 107192044
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Won-Tae Kim
 Senior Research Scientist
 (505) 524-3664
Business Contact
 Harold Smith
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (505) 524-3664
Research Institution
LaSys, Inc., utilizing the unique spectral characteristics of its proprietary fractal-microcavity composite will be used to perform the proof-of-concept research required to develop an ultra-sensitive optical detector of low concentration of arsenic in water based on the Raman effect. Phase I technical objectives are designed to demonstrate that fractal microcavity composite - SERS spectroscopy is capable of quantitatively detecting arsenic in water at levels which are useful for determining compliance with the upcoming EPA Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 10 µg/L. The goal at the end of Phase III is to develop a hand-held, easy-to-use, instrument for the field detection of arsenic at or below the January 2006 MCL. This ultra sensitive instrument will provide accurate, precise and quantitative measurement of arsenic in the 1-200 ppb range in real time via a visual digital readout. This commercial field portable device of robust construction will be battery powered and weight approximately one pound, and be simple to use in the hands of noon-technical individuals. It will provide significant advantages over currently available colorimetric test kits and chemical sensor and be competitively priced.

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