Sensitive and Shape-Specific Molecular Identification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0239
Agency Tracking Number: A11A-017-0144
Amount: $99,848.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11a-T017
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
1 Davol Square, Suite 203, Providence, RI, 02903-
DUNS: 801937298
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Geiser
 Senior Research Scientist
 (401) 714-8275
Business Contact
 Edel Minogue
Title: Strategy&Business Development
Phone: (401) 523-5277
Research Institution
 Brown University
 Peter M Weber
 Department of Chemistry
324 Brook St.
Providence, RI, 02912-
 (401) 863-3767
 Nonprofit college or university
The ability to rapidly detect, identify and monitor chemical agents remains a challenge of significant importance to the Armed Forces. Existing chemical sensing techniques have shortcomings that inhibit widespread implementation. To address this situation, Ryon Technologies is developing a portable instrument that is based on Rydberg Fingerprint Spectroscopy (RFS) in combination with mass spectrometry (MS). The dual detection of the RFS signal and the MS signal provides a two-dimensional readout where each molecule is positively identified through its mass and its structural fingerprint. This unique approach ensures that all molecules can be unambiguously identified, allowing the monitoring for chemical agents without false alarms. Because of the inherent sensitivity of detecting charged particles, very minute amounts of material will be possible to analyze. The development focuses on reducing all dimensions of the apparatus, including the vacuum envelope and the sample inlet. Through computational modeling the design is optimized for maximum sensitivity with the minimum number of parts.

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