Highly Novel Detection Approaches to Human Volatile Organic Compound Signature Identification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-M-6002
Agency Tracking Number: F083-031-2075
Amount: $99,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF083-031
Solitcitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Nanohmics, Inc
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, 78741
Duns: 100651798
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steve Savoy
 Founder and V.P of Techno
 (512) 389-9990
 ssavoy@nanohmics.com
Business Contact
 Keith Jamison
Title: President
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Email: kjamison@nanohmics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Commercial gas sensors employ a number of different transduction mechanisms depending on the nature and reactivity of the gas and include systems based on optical, electrical and mass detection. Recent advances in gas sensor technology have provided even more sensitivity and are poised to increase the sensor specificity in analysis of complex VOC profiles in compact, low-cost formats. These systems rely on the emerging field of nanostructured chemiresistive sensor arrays composed of conducting polymers, carbon nanotubes and semiconductor oxides as the active material phase which interacts with gas species. Generally, these systems rely on differential changes in the electrical current resulting from grain boundary surface-mediated field perturbations upon exposure to polarizing gases.  To this end, Nanohmics proposes a novel detection device, NucleoVolt VOCel sensor array, that meets the requirements for high sensitivity and high selectivity analysis of complex VOC profiles. BENEFIT: The ability to perform rapid, highly sensitive and selective detection of a complex Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) profiles is paramount for applications ranging from acute situational health and safety assessment to suspect/target identification. The ability to multiplex high sensitivity and selectivity in a robust, rechargeable, harsh environment will provide the Air Force with a tool to meet the goal of complex VOC profiling for positive or negative identification of suspects/persons of interest.

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