Molecular Shape Detection for Chemical Analysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-08-C-0100
Agency Tracking Number: A074-012-0120
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-T012
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
RYON TECHNOLOGIES
3 Davol Square, Suite A301, Providence, RI, 02903
DUNS: 801937298
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Geiser
 Senior Research Scientist
 (401) 863-9661
 ryontech@mac.com
Business Contact
 Peter Weber
Title: President
Phone: (401) 863-3767
Email: peter_weber@brown.edu
Research Institution
 BROWN UNIV.
 Norman J Hebert
 Office of Sponsored Projects
Box 1929
Providence, RI, 2912
 (401) 863-2777
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Rydberg Fingerprint Spectroscopy has recently been discovered as a tool to identify molecular shapes. Ryon Technologies, Inc. was founded to bring this exciting new technology to markets as a shape sensitive detector that can be interfaced with existing mass spectrometry instrumentation. In Phase 1 the feasibility of such a detector was confirmed. During Phase 2, a prototype instrument will be contructed and tested. This prototype will be interfaced with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer, e.g. the Bruker-Daltonics micrOTOF. The Rydberg states will be generated by photoexcitation. The binding energies of these states will then be measured with a novel electron energy analyzer. Once the prototype is operational, a limited fingerprint library will be generated and the shape sensitivity will be demonstrated by comparing samples against this library.

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