High-Sensitivity, Low-Cost, Surface-Acoustic-Wave Based Microscale Thermogravimetric Analyzer for Nanoparticle Characterization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contract: SB1341-13-SE-0301
Agency Tracking Number: 024-63-2013
Amount: $89,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
X-wave Innovations, Inc.
407 Upshire Circle, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878-
DUNS: 960861958
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Dan Xiang
 (301) 948-8351
 dxiang@x-waveinnovations.com
Business Contact
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To meet NIST’s need for development of a new electronic system for microscale thermogravimeter nanoparticle analysis, X-wave Innovations, Inc. (XII) proposes a high-sensitivity, high-accuracy, low-cost, surface-acoustic-wave based microscale thermogravimetric analyzer (SAW-µ-TGA). The proposed approach is based on XII-developed surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensor technology, which is capable of simultaneously providing accurate temperature and mass change measurements at elevated temperatures beyond the required 700C in real time. The success of the proposed effort will result in not only a novel SAW-µ-TGA technology, but also a system that is inexpensive, accurate, fast, and easy to use for industrial product analysis in manufacturing environments.

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