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Optimal Bioaerosol Sampler

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-04-C-0067
Agency Tracking Number: A2-1297
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: ARMY03-T20
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-09-30
Small Business Information
419 South Main Street, PO Box 265
Troy, ID 83871
United States
DUNS: 019951938
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Manning
 (208) 835-5402
Business Contact
 Christopher Manning
Title: President
Phone: (208) 835-5402
Research Institution

Development of an Optimal Bioaerosol Sampler with enhanced optical triggering capability is proposed, following a highly successful Phase I effort that clearly demonstrated feasibility. The threat of a bioaerosol attack can be partially mitigated by deployment of a cost-effective sensor network. High priority programs, such as BioWatch and Portal Shield will benefit from a sensor compliant to Joint Warning & Reporting Network (JWARN) standards, as the proposed sensor will be. For U.S. forces in particular, the high false alarm rate of the Biological Aerosol Warning System (BAWS) is costly in reagents and personnel stress. The Phase II effort will refine and integrate the subsystems, successfully demonstrated in Phase I, to produce a working prototype that meets operational requirements. Successes of the Phase I effort include operation of two subsystems, the high-efficiency electrostatic concentrator, and the prototype acoustic particle sorter. The sensitivity and selectivity of FT-IR instruments provide rapid detection, but the aerosol background is a daunting problem. High SNR FT-IR photoacoustic detection of aerosols and archived samples were also demonstrated and will provide enhanced statistical discrimination. Commercial and scientific opportunities in material processing and aerosol sampling will accrue from development of this technology.

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