Realtime Detection And Identification Of Airborne Microorganisms Using Infrared Spectroscopy

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Amount:
$738,198.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911SR-07-C-0039
Agency Tracking Number:
C061-102-0114
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
CBD06-102
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
ORONO SPECTRAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
20 Godfrey Drive, Orono, ME, 04473
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
171899805
Principal Investigator
 Brian Ninness
 Senior Research Engineer
 (207) 581-3358
 Brian_Ninness@umit.maine.edu
Business Contact
 Luke Doucette
Title: Treasurer
Phone: (207) 581-3358
Email: Luke_Doucette@umit.maine.edu
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The goal of this Phase II project is to develop an automated detector system for real-time detection of aerosolized biowarfare agents. Our proposed detection system utilizes Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy as the agent identifier, where the main advantages of this approach are that it is reagentless, operates in complex air environments, and provides fast detection, high sensitivity, and high selectivity for spores with minimal false alarms. Recent research by others, as well as our own work, has successfully shown that FTIR spectroscopy is capable of classifying bioagents from genus to strain level. Current methods of collecting and analyzing bioaerosols do not provide real-time detection capabilities. The novelty of the proposed work is the incorporation of an FTIR detection system that will enable in-situ spectral analysis of the spores directly on the collection device, thereby eliminating logistical burdens associated with sample collection and analysis.

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