Miniature, Rugged Vacuum System for Portable Mass Spectrometers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: D12PC00210
Agency Tracking Number: FY10.2-H-SB010.2-002-0001-II
Amount: $749,964.97
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB010.2-002
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, 16 Great Hollow Road, Hanover, NH, 03755-0071
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Sorensen
Business Contact
 Sheryl Belanger
Research Institution
The Department of Homeland Security, the Military, and civilian first-responders have an urgent need for sensitive detectors of harmful materials such as biological and chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, and explosives. Handheld instruments must be sensitive, be able to detect a wide variety of target compounds in a matter of seconds, reliably discriminate between innocuous and harmful compounds, and be relatively inexpensive. A technology with great promise for addressing all of these requirements is miniature ion trap mass spectrometry (MIT-MS). These relatively simple devices are capable of detecting, identifying, and quantitating target compounds with great sensitivity and high levels of confidence. Mass spectrometry, nearly unique among analytical instrumental methods, combines high sensitivity with generality (i.e., applicability towards all compound classes) thus offering the high molecular information necessary for confident identification. One of the biggest factors preventing the development of truly low-cost and portable MIT-MS is the cost, size, mass, and power requirements of the high vacuum system required for its operation. Based on our highly successful Phase I project, Creare proposes to address this need by completing the development of an innovative, miniature, rugged, vacuum system during Phase II.

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