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Microfluidic Sensors for In-line Water Monitoring Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-09-C-0152
Agency Tracking Number: A082-157-0253
Amount: $69,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-157
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-11-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-05-25
Small Business Information
2525 Arapahoe Ave. Suite E4-164
Boulder, CO 80302
United States
DUNS: 124409108
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ross Thomas
 (720) 841-7852
Business Contact
 Ross Thomas
Title: President
Phone: (720) 841-7852
Research Institution

The proposed SBIR project addresses the U.S. Army’s desire to confirm, on a real-time basis, the quality of drinking water supplies produced by Military tactical water purification systems that are used to ensure the safety of U.S. soldiers. The development/commercialization of new microfluidic sensors, as discussed herein, provides an innovative solution for reliably integrating together a multitude of water quality measurements (i.e., TDS, pH, turbidity, free chlorine residual, temperature, TOC, DO, conductivity, etc.) inside an autonomous, in-line sensor package. For example, microfluidic-based sensors (i.e., MEMs, Micro Analytical Systems, Lab-On-A-Chip Devices, etc.) have unprecedented commercial potential for enabling new water monitoring breakthroughs for military, government and commercial sector applications. Value-added benefits that make microfluidic sensors commercially attractive include: low end-user costs, simple/non-technical deployment capabilities, device ruggedness, fast response times and excellent sensitivity/selectivity to the desired target analytes in the presence of chemical/physical interferences. Phase I research efforts will focus on demonstrating the technical efficacy of the proposed microfluidic sensor technology in relation to commercially available water quality sensors/analyzers, which are presently used to continually (versus periodically) verify the proper operation of water purification systems in real time.

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