Integrated Metal RubberTM Sensors for Subsurface Monitoring

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-12ER90256
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
98748
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
08 a
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000577
Small Business Information
158 Wheatland Drive, Pembroke, VA, 24136-3645
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
Hang Ruan
Dr.
(540) 626-6266
hruan@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lawson
Mrs.
(540) 626-6266
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The advanced management of remediation requires accurate experimental information about the flow status and contaminants characterization in the subsurface. Such data is the key for the Integrated Field Research Challenge (IFRC) sites to establish models concerning water transport, chemical migration, mass transfer and microbiologic activity. NanoSonic proposes to use its advanced nanotechnology thin-film deposition process, Electrostatic Self- Assembly (ESA), to integrate a nanostructured sensor network into a material for in situ hydrogeologic monitoring. With recent development of Metal RubberTM, we now have the opportunity to implement such integrated monitoring devices. Metal RubberTM is a new free-standing multifunctional nanostructured material that has high electrical-conductivity and low weight, and it can be used as an in-situ sensor attachable for permanent installation or flowable inspection in a water field. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Our proposed sensor systems are thin and surface-mounted causing minimal interaction with the flow, are potentially easy to apply as an appliqu, and require no cavities or recesses in the test articles other than holes to connect the sensor array leads to data acquisition wiring. The proposed Metal RubberTM multiphase analysis tool would be a viable commercial product for NanoSonic.

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