SBIR Phase I: A New Method for Quantitative Calibration-Free Chemical Analysis

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0740542
Award Id:
88291
Agency Tracking Number:
0740542
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2571-A Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY, 10309
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
088156708
Principal Investigator:
ArelWeisberg
PhD
(718) 608-0935
aweisberg@er-co.com
Business Contact:
ArelWeisberg
PhD
(718) 608-0935
aweisberg@er-co.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project involves development of Analytical Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIIBS), a breakthrough method of material analysis that will allow for heretofore unattainable process control capabilities in metal and glass production. This research will result in new plant instruments capable of rapidly measuring materials' chemical composition, a major factor in metal and glass quality. The proposed Phase I research will include development of a new method to accurately measure key physical constants of important chemical elements in metal and glass production. Insights into the fundamental physics of this measurement method will be gained, as well as new mathematical techniques to compute material compositions. The proposed activity will impact manufacturing plants that produce glass, metal alloys, and other materials by allowing plant personnel to continuously monitor the composition, and thereby the quality, of their material for the first time. Increased plant output, reduced waste, and reduced energy use will result from optimizing the plant operation. There will also be benefits in other fields that that can utilize the on-site measurement technique; including the environment, planetary science, agriculture and food science, and explosives detection and other security applications.

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