Realtime Detection And Identification Of Airborne Microorganisms Using Infrared Spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911SR-06-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: C061-102-0114
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD06-102
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
20 Godfrey Drive, Orono, ME, 04473
DUNS: 171899805
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Ninness
 (207) 581-3358
 Brian_Ninness@umit.maine.edu
Business Contact
 Luke Doucette
Phone: (207) 581-3358
Email: Luke_Doucette@umit.maine.edu
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The goal of this Phase I effort is to investigate the feasibility of extracting at least 1.0 microgram of bacillus spores from the environment and presenting these spores in real-time to an FTIR spectrometer for detection. The identification of bacterial spores using FTIR spectroscopy has been successful in classifying these microorganisms down to the genus and species level. Therefore the key enabler for using FTIR as the identification step is the interfacing of filtration and electrostatic collection techniques that will allow isolation of the microgram quantities needed for reliable detection. The main challenge in realizing an IR-based bioaerosol detection system is the coupling of these collection strategies with the optical requirements of a mid-IR spectrometer.

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