Miniature, Rugged Vacuum System for Portable Mass Spectrometers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: D15PC00192
Agency Tracking Number: FY10.2-H-SB010.2-002-0001-CRPP
Amount: $199,989.49
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB010.2-002
Solicitation Number: FY2015 CRPP
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-07-31
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road, Hanover, NH, 03755-3116
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Sorensen
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 Sheryl Belanger
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution
The Department of Homeland Security, the military, and civilian first responders have an urgent need for sensitive detectors of harmful materials such as biological and chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, and explosives. Handheld instruments must be sensitive, be able to detect a wide variety of target compounds in a matter of seconds, reliably discriminate between innocuous and harmful compounds, and be relatively inexpensive. A technology with great promise for addressing all of these requirements is miniature ion trap mass spectrometry (MIT- MS). These relatively simple devices are capable of detecting, identifying, and quantitating target compounds with great sensitivity and high levels of confidence. Mass spectrometry, nearly unique among analytical instrumental methods, combines high sensitivity with generality (i.e., applicability toward all compound classes), thus offering the high molecular information necessary for confident identification. One of the biggest factors preventing the development of truly low-cost and portable MIT-MS is the cost, size, mass, and power requirements of the vacuum system required for its operation. In a highly successful Phase II SBIR project, Creare developed, built, and tested an innovative, miniature vacuum system to address this need. The current proposal seeks to further the commercialization of the vacuum system by targeted design and manufacturing improvements to reduce unit cost and prepare for mass production.

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