Acoustic Sensors for Detection of Persistent Organic Contaminants in Water

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-05-CN-1195
Agency Tracking Number: NOAA 05-16
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3.10
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2005-1
Small Business Information
Synkera Technologies, Inc.
2021 Miller Drive, Suite B, Longmont, CO, 80501
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Debra Deininger
 Senior Scientist
 (720) 494-8401
 ddeininger@synkera.com
Business Contact
 Brian Sperry
Title: CFO
Phone: (720) 494-8401
Email: bsperry@synkera.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I project is for an innovative, advanced microsensor for the detection of persistent organic pollutants in natural waters. The proposed sensor is a type of acoustic wave sensor fabricated via micromachining of anodic aluminum oxide, followed by coating with piezoelectric zinc oxide and analyte specific polymers. The sensor design (a flexural plate wave device) offers significant advantages for detection of very low levels of chemical species in liquids compared to surface and bulk acoustic wave devices. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of detecting low levels of persistent organic contaminants in water using the proposed acoustic sensor. A subsequent Phase II will extend the flexural plate wave design from a single sensor to multiple sensors in an array. Supporting instrumentation will be developed in order to fabricate a low-cost field portable instrument for the detection and quantification of chemical compounds in a marine environment.

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