A Cost-Effective OPH Multilayer Modified Microcantilever for Detection of OPs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43EH000088-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: EH000088
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
107 Gilbreth Parkway, Mullica Hill, NJ, 08062
DUNS: 170784172
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 KAREN XU
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Business Contact
 FRANK JI
Phone: () -
Email: sensacoil.frankji@gmail.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): A particularly important national need exists for enhancing safety and security of environments ranging from residential structures, to subways, to airports, and to borders. Chemical warfare agents are 1 of the major th reats to homeland security. Research that leads to a clear path for the development of low cost, fast, rugged, and extremely sensitive sensors for real-time monitoring is of high demand to homeland security. The goal of this research proposal is to develop extremely sensitive and highly selective microsensors for chemical warfare agents or simulants by using enzyme based layer-by-layer nanoassembly modified microcantilevers. The aim of the phase I of this project is to validate the feasibility of our techno logy for ultimate fabrication of microcantilever sensor devices. The specific aims include: (1) fabrication of a microchannel fluid cell, (2)Surface modification of microcantilevers, (3)Thermodynamic study. The ultimate goal in phase II will be to devel op a handhold mierocantilever arrays based detection system for selective detection of known OP species with low false alarm rates. Requirements such as sensitivity, small size, automatic operation, low cost and ruggedness make the microcantilever sensor a pproach very attractive for homeland security and environment application. Potential customers for devices to be developed by the company include government agencies such as Homeland Security, Agriculture, EPA, Defense and the Postal Service, as well as si milar state agencies. Examples of private customers include farms, water treatment plants, universities and hospitals.

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