PHOTOCHEMICAL AMPLIFIER FOR GAS ACHROMATOGRAPHY BASED DETECTION OF SINGLET OXYGEN

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 7444
Amount: $49,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Sievers Research Inc
2905 Center Green Court, Suite B, Boulder, CO, 80301
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 DR RICHARD S HUTTE
 (303) 444-2009
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Abstract
THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW DETECTOR FOR GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY BASED ON PHOTOCHEMICAL AMPLIFICATION IS PROPOSED. IN THE PROPOSED SYSTEM, THE EFFLUENT OF THE GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY MIXED WITH A GAS STREAM CONTAINING OXYGEN AND ENTERS A PHOTOCHEMICAL REACTOR. ANALYTES WHICH ABSORB UV RADIATION ARE QUENCHED BY MOLICULAR OXYGEN TO FORM SINGLET OXYGEN WHICH ISSUBSEQUENTLY DETECTED SELECTIVELY BY PHOTOIONIZATION. BE- CAUSE THE ANALYTE ONCE QUENCHED BY OXYGEN CAN ABSORB ANOTHE-ER PHOTON, THE REACTION IS PHOTOCATALYTIC AND SHOULD RESULT IN THE FORMATION OF 5 OF 50 MOLECULES OF SINGLET OXYGEN PER MOLECULE OF ANALYTE. THIS PHOTOAMPLIFICATION SHOULD PERMIT SUB-PICOGRAM TO LOW FEMTO GRAM DETECTION LIMITS FOR ENVIRON-MENTALLY IMPORTANT COMPOUNDS SUCH AS POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HY-DROCARBONS AND THEIR NITRO-DERIVATIVES. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE RESEARCH TO BE CONDUCTED DUR-ING PHASE I AND PHASE II PROJECTS WILL RESULT IN AN IMPROVE-MENT OF THE SENSITIVITY AND EXTEND THE UTILITY OF THE EXIST-ING DETECTORS FOR GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY. NEW ANALYSIS OF HAZ- ARDOUS COMPOUNDS IN EVNIRONMENTAL SMAPLES BY REDUCING OR ELIMINATING LENGTHY SAMPLE PRE-CONCENTRATION, THUS ALLOWING "REAL TIME" MONITORING AND LOWER ANALYSIS COSTS.

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