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Automated Monitoring of VOCs with a Compact Gas Chromatography-Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometer (GC -Vocus)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: NA21OAR0210294
Agency Tracking Number: 2953244
Amount: $499,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.5.02
Solicitation Number: NOAA-OAR-OAR-TPO-2021-2006739
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-06-30
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Billerica, MA 01821
United States
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jordan Krechmer
 Principal Research Scientist
 (978) 663-9500
Business Contact
 David  Gordon
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (978) 663-9500
Research Institution

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted from a wide variety of biogenic and anthropogenic
sources. VOCs transform in the atmosphere, forming ozone and oxygenated VOCs (OVOCs), which in
turn can form fine particulates or condense onto preexisting particulate matter (PM). Both ozone and fine PM are deleterious to human health and alter the Earth’s climate. Measurements of VOCs and OVOCs are necessary to model the sources and sinks of harmful atmospheric chemicals. Progress in this area is limited, however, by the lack of field-deployable instrumentation capable of providing detailed molecular information. The goal of the proposed work is to develop a hybrid gas chromatograph and a lower resolution proton transfer reaction Vocus mass spectrometer (GC-Vocus) instrument capable of real-time molecular-level chemical characterization of VOCs and OVOCs. Phase I resulted in a prototype
instrument and software capable of measuring VOCs and OVOCs. The result of Phase II will be a GCVocus instrument that is capable of fully autonomous, real-time, robust, and sensitive measurements of
VOCs and OVOCs.

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