High surface-area, mesoporous oxide adsorbent sampling system.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-11-C-0082
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4625
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: A10a-T018
Solitcitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
Orono Spectral Solutions Inc.
689 Odlin Road, Bangor, ME, -
Duns: 171899805
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Luke Doucette
 Senior Research Scientist
 (866) 269-8007
 luke.doucette@ossmaine.com
Business Contact
 Luke Doucette
Title: Vice President
Phone: (866) 269-8008
Email: luke.doucette@ossmaine.com
Research Institution
 University of Maine
 Michael M Hastings
 College Avenue
Orono, ME, 04469-
 (207) 581-1481
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The overall goal of this Phase II project is to develop a prototype micro-fluidic sampling system that will lead to a field-deployable detection system capable of detecting low ppb levels of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) and explosive precursors in water. The proposed work will capitalize on Phase I successes in which the feasibility of using an infrared-based micro-fluidic sampling system was demonstrated against a CWA simulant. Micro-fluidic devices were fabricated from IR-grade silicon wafers and coated with absorptive silica sol-gel films for agent retention, and the concentrated agent was detected and analyzed via transmission FTIR spectroscopy directly through the micro-fluidic device. The novelty of this approach for CWA detection is that, unlike traditional solid phase extraction (SPE) techniques which require an elution step to analyze the collected agent, the proposed micro-fluidic sampling system incorporates SPE concentration capabilities onto a platform that is suitable for direct analysis and easy integration with an infrared-based detection system. The outcome of this two year effort will lead to the development of multiple microfluidic arrays packaged onto a single chip for multi-agent collection and detection.

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