Microfluidics-Based Organic Compounds Analysis Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9132T-13-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number: A122-091-0082
Amount: $99,886.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-091
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
Photonic Systems Division, 1845 W. 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chung-Yen Chao
 Senior Research Scientist
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
Detecting chlorinated organic compounds in contaminated ground water is an ongoing concern due to their known toxic and carcinogenic effects. To address the Army"s need for a field-portable test to detect and quantify chlorinated organic compounds in water samples, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a novel Microfluidics-Based Organic Compounds Analysis (MOCA) device based on surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and microfluidics. The novel device design provides compound pre-concentration, significant Raman enhancement, and microfluidics compatibility, enabling sub-ppb limit of detection (LOD),<15-min analysis time from sample collection to results, and applicability to detect other chemicals. The MOCA device requires no sample preparation and can be transitioned to a glass microfluidic chip-based design for the SafePortTM system. Additionally, the robust construction of the sensing microfluidic chip and reliable optical detection approach facilitates long shelf life. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the MOCA device by fabricating the SERS substrate and microfluidic chip and testing compound detection. In Phase II, a fully optimized MOCA device will be developed with specifications of weight, footprint, LOD, sensitivity, selectivity, interferant effects, response time, and environmental impact. The Phase II MOCA technology will meet the Army requirements and be ready for onsite evaluation.

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