Handheld FT-IR/Photoacoustic Chemical Agent Detector

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911SR-06-C-0030
Award Id:
74253
Agency Tracking Number:
C051-112-0040
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
419 South Main Street, PO Box 265, Troy, ID, 83871
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
019951938
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Manning
President
(208) 835-5402
chris@appl-tech.com
Business Contact:
Christopher Manning
President
(208) 835-5402
chris@appl-tech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Manning Applied Technology proposes development of the MP-100 handheld FT-infrared photoacoustic chemical agent detector, following a highly successful Phase I effort. Chemical attacks and accidents can be mitigated partially by cost-effective sensors. High priority programs will benefit from a sensor compliant to Joint Warning & Reporting Network (JWARN) standards. The device is ideally suited to detection of airborne chemical agents and TICS, at 1 to 100 parts per trillion, well below permissible exposure limits. The MP-100 is modular, rugged, compact and inexpensive (~$1500 each). A vapor preconcentrator is integrated with photoacoustic detection using high-sensitivity MEMS microphones. A novel field-widened interferometer provides high throughput of infrared energy. A computer-machined aluminum housing and COTS handheld computer complete the system. Dr. McClelland will manage integration of the photoacoustic cell and MEMS microphone. Dr. Manning, the Principal Investigator, is an internationally recognized spectrometer design expert. Military applications include a variety of sensing activities for personnel protection. Commercial applications include a wide range of process and quality control, medical, environmental monitoring, laboratory research, field measurements and remote sensing applications. Conservative estimates are a $10 million per year market, with the low cost insuring significant market share. Several partners will provide Phase II and III support.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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