NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S1.08-8041
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Surface & Sub-surface Measurement Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Miniaturized Air Dropped Sensors for Environmental Monitoring of Heavy Metals in Water

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nanosonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
(540) 626-6266

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Yuhong Kang
ekang@nanosonic.com
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
(540) 626-6266

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Melissa Campbell
mcampbell@nanosonic.com
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
(540) 626-6266

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Surface & Sub-surface Measurement Systems is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This NASA SBIR program would develop air-dropped wireless networked sensors using miniaturized chemical field effect transistors (ChemFET) for the detection and mapping of heavy metals in water for ecosystem monitoring. We would combine our advanced nanotechnology thin film deposition process - Electrostatic Self-Assembly (ESA) - and strained nanomembrane ChemFET technology to produce a wireless sensor network for in situ environmental monitoring. The nanomembrane structure combined with NanoSonic's patented self-assembly processing approach allow a unique way to tune sensitivity and selectivity. The wireless sensor system would be capable of sensing multiple heavy metal materials, improve upon conventional sampling methods in terms of cost, sensitivity, and selectivity, and benefit future environmental analysis programs. NanoSonic has demonstrated a prototype wireless chemFET sensor node for heavy metal detection.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The anticipated initial market of the NM ChemFET sensors and arrays is for national or global ecosystem monitoring of water conditions for NASA earth science research activities, and also for the study of planetary ocean surface or subsurface for future planetary missions. An appreciation of the instrumentation issues obtained by working with such areas would allow improvements in sensor materials, electronics and packaging, and potentially allow the transition of related products to operational platforms. The commercialization potential of the NM sensor technology developed through this NASA SBIR program lies in three areas, namely 1) detect and map environmentally-hazardous chemical concentrations, 2) locate sources of pollution from analysis of concentration gradients, and 3) identify chemical concentrations potentially harmful to people and/or destructive to industry/agriculture.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Primary non-NASA customers would be university, government laboratory and industry researchers. Multiple such small-size and low-cost sensors could be distributed over an area to allow 1) spatial mapping of heavy metal targets, as well as 2) real-time updating of heavy metal concentration map as local conditions may change over time.

The market for such wireless heavy metal sensor units would include federal government agencies involved in environmental monitoring and clean-up (DOE, EPA, DEQ), humanitarian aid organizations concerned about local water quality and agricultural productivity (Red Cross, NGOs), the public works departments of local and state governments, industries scrutinized for environmental compliance (mine owners, oil and gas exploration and production facilities, chemical plants), and federal military and security organizations (Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Homeland Security).

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Health Monitoring & Sensing (see also Sensors)
Sensor Nodes & Webs (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport)

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