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Defiant Technologies' Handheld Detection System for TCE and PCE

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EPD10021
Agency Tracking Number: B09C1-0192
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 09-NCER-C1
Solicitation Number: PR-NC-09-10319
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-03-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-08-31
Small Business Information
3825 Academy Parkway South NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
United States
DUNS: 198044682
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Lewis
 (505) 307-3576
Business Contact
 Patrick Lewis
Phone: (505) 307-3576
Research Institution

The concept of this SBIR project is to employ a hand-held sensor system to monitor groundwater. This concept recognizes the need for users to query field sensors remotely to report on concentration of contaminants like trichloroethene (TCE) and tetrachloroethene (PCE). The missing part of this concept is a low-power sensor system that can reliably analyze groundwater for these contaminants. Defiant Technologies takes advantage of microchemical detection technologies recently developed at Sandia National Laboratories. The founders of Defiant were the originators and developers of this technology at Sandia, and they have developed it privately over the past 3 years for defense applications. The end product of this effort will be a miniature chemical sensor system that will report on groundwater concentration of TCE and PCE in a package that can be adapted for use in even the smallest bore wells. Defiant’s current system can detect TCE and PCE in water at a concentration of 50 μg/L; however, with modifications to the system detector and gas chromatography (GC) column this system could achieve 1 μ/L. In Phase I of this project, Defiant will work on these two components.  Defiant will construct its new high-aspect ratio micro GC column for use in Phase II. In addition, Defiant will further develop its new MEMs pivot plate resonator mass detector with associated electronics. By the end of the first phase, Defiant will have bread-boarded a tortuous path preconcentrator, a micro GC column, and a PPR mass detector. Defiant also will have demonstrated a purge and trap analysis utilizing that technology and a path forward to reach a detection limit of 1 μg/L in Phase II.

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