Near-Time Effluent Quality Sensor Technologies for Organics and Bacteria for Shipboard Wastewater Treatment Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00024-13-P-4543
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-053-1342
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-053
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
615 Arapeen Dr. Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
961737421
Principal Investigator:
HimanshuSant
Lead Scientist
(801) 581-6549
himanshu.sant@utah.edu
Business Contact:
BruceGale
Chief Science Officer
(801) 792-7074
bruce.gale@utah.edu
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Espira has developed a Biohazard Water Analyzer (BWA) for field-based rapid pathogen detection. BWA employs advanced technologies including microfluidic sample preparation for nucleotide analysis and highly sensitive carbon nanotube-based electrochemical sensing for rapid detection of indicator coliform and indicator bacteria. The BWA has successfully been tested for E. Coli detection in drinking water supply in about an hour. The instrument has ability to process up to 10 L of water, selectively collect and concentrate pathogens down to 0.2 to 1.0 ml which is subjected to lysis and nucleotide extraction followed by hybridization and electrochemical analysis for quantification. Overall system includes several fully integrated modules: sample collection, concentration, extraction and detection and can be operated by minimally trained personnel. In this phase I proposal, Espira will run technical feasibility of BWA towards fecal coliform detection in simulated Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) effluent rapidly. In marine environment, the regulations controlling the discharge of shipboard wastewater are becoming increasingly strict worldwide. The effluent from the commercial and government owned ships need to be processed using MSD. Analysis of MSD effluent using Espira"s BWA will ensure that MSD operation and maintenance work properly and effluent meets established standards.

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