Molecular Shape Detection for Chemical Analysis

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-08-C-0100
Award Id:
83235
Agency Tracking Number:
A074-012-0120
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3 Davol Square, Suite A301, Providence, RI, 02903
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
801937298
Principal Investigator:
JosephGeiser
Senior Research Scientist
(401) 863-9661
ryontech@mac.com
Business Contact:
PeterWeber
President
(401) 863-3767
peter_weber@brown.edu
Research Institute:
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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