A MEMBRANE CONCENTRATOR FOR EXPLOSIVES DETECTION

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$487,998.00
Award Year:
1994
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
18804
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology
1360 Willow Road Suite 103, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Ingo Pinnau
Senior Research Scientist
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A VAPOR DETECTION SYSTEM ABLE TO ANALYZE ORGANIC VAPORS AT VERY LOW CONCENTRATIONS WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO SCREEN AIR TRAVEL PASSENGERS AND THEIR BAGGAGE FOR EXPLOSIVES. THE LEVEL OF SENSITIVITY REQUIRED FOR THE DETECTOR IS BETWEEN 1 AND 100 X 10-15 G OF THE MATERIAL OF CONCERN. CURRENT DETECTORS WITH THIS SENSITIVITY ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR USE AT AIRPORT GATES. THE GOAL OF THE PROPOSED PROGRAM IS TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING A MEMBRANE SEPARATION SYSTEM TO CONCENTRATE ORGANIC VAPOR IN A DILUTE AIR STREAM 1,000- TO 10,000-FOLD. THIS LEVEL OF PRECONCENTRATION WOULD ALLOW THE USE OF DETECTORS THAT ARE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS SENSITIVE AND, CONSEQUENTLY, MORE ROBUST AND LESS COSTLY.

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