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STTR Phase I:Rapid Characterization of Wood-based Materials

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2233237
Agency Tracking Number: 2233237
Amount: $275,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: ET
Solicitation Number: NSF 22-551
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-02-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-01-31
Small Business Information
18 Maplewood Ave
Albany, NM 12203
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Allix Coon
 (845) 453-0324
Business Contact
 Allix Coon
Phone: (845) 453-0324
Research Institution
 SUNY at Albany
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12222
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will enable the wood industry to certify materials along its entire supply chain, achieving reproducibility and reducing delays in the movement of goods, and supporting the economic competitiveness of American wood companies. The technology being developed by this project entails rapid and accurate wood species identification, which will bring transparency to the wood industry, helping to enable proper forest management that follows social, economic, and government standards. The technology will also promote quality control of products and characterization of residues leftover from wood processing, which in turn would facilitate their recovery and reutilization. By allowing manufacturers to achieve reproducibility in composite material manufacturing, the technology will encourage the recycling of wood waste and byproducts, supporting efforts to increase the sustainability and reduce the environmental impact of the wood industry. Lastly, this technology will empower organizations combating illegal logging by providing a new and powerful forensic tool, thus addressing deforestation and forest depletion with significant economic, societal, and ecological benefits._x000D_
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project is applying state-of-the-art chemical analysis methods to develop a novel wood identification technology capable of determining with accuracy the species, age, and geographical origin of uniform or composite products. With the increase in demand for transparency in the wood industry and more stringent regulations comes a demand for new technologies that support compliance. Despite being a critical step in this process, current methods for species identification are time consuming, require highly specialized training, and provide little information on age and origin. By combining a highly sensitive type of spectroscopy with advanced statistical approaches (i.e., machine learning), this project is developing a method that can reliably identify chemical fingerprints that inform about wood species, age, and origin when compared against a database. This Phase I project will develop and demonstrate this approach when applied to U.S. woods, including the creation of a wood species database, with these key objectives: 1) analyze domestic woods to develop statistical methods to identify the species; 2) test the method’s ability identify species within composite materials; 3) test the method’s ability to identify the geographical origin of samples; and 4) test the method’s ability to determine wood age._x000D_
This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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