A, Small, Low Power, SERS Based Bioagent Detection Module for use within Geospatial Networked Motes.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W912HZ-09-C-0043
Agency Tracking Number: A083-169-0468
Amount: $69,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-169
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
515 Courtney Way Suite B, Lafayette, CO, 80026
DUNS: 128688111
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jaquitta Daniels
 Analytical Chemist
 (303) 516-9075
Business Contact
 Michael Usrey
Title: VP of Business Development
Phone: (303) 516-9075
Email: musrey@sporian.com
Research Institution
There is a need for near-real time detection (less than 5 minutes), quantification, and location of biological threat agents in trace quantities given a release within the air column and on battlefields to support troop mobility. Currently, self-contained networked motes are being developed, but lack a modular, swappable nano-film based sensor for the recognition of biological threat agents. Ideal sensor modules would be inexpensive, low power, robust, maintenance free, provide accurate readings in a wide variety of environments, and be flexibly adaptable to detect more than one type of target. Sensor modules that are “smart”, containing embedded processing capabilities for in-place, real-time analysis of raw sensor data, reducing the data management and bandwidth burden on the rest of the wireless network and backend data processing, would be highly advantageous. The objective of this proposed work is to develop such a sensing module, based on the efficient implementation of a miniaturized surface enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy (SERS) concept. . This Phase I effort will include: the evaluation SERS substrate preparation processes, the evaluation of higher level system interface hardware/firmware, the evaluation of the optical sensing module hardware/packaging design concepts, and the construction and proof of principle demonstration of first generation hardware.

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