Agency: Department of Commerce | Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 90.00K | Year: 2014
Seacoast Science will license, for the purpose of technology transfer, the NIST patent “Recirculating Temperature Wave Focusing Chromatography,” with the goal of successfully implementing the method into a unique, low-cost gas chromatograph for environmental pollution monitoring. In the U.S., there are over 425,000 brownfields and 1,320 Superfund sites where noxious chemicals have been used and unhealthy levels of noxious chemicals may remain in the soil and subterranean water. The noxious vapors, most of which are considered carcinogens; pass through the soil and groundwater into homes, schools, businesses, watersheds, aquifers, and municipal water systems on or near these formerly contaminated sites. EPA estimates that cleanup and redevelopment programs leverage $14 billion in economic benefit and support 60,917 jobs. Thus, the objective is to develop means to monitor remediated sites to achieve productivity while assuring a healthy environment.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 80.00K | Year: 2011
Currently, the Military lacks the capability to monitor solid rocket motors for potentially lethal aging or handling-induced defects. The proposed research will provide the Military with embeddable chemical sensor arrays to identify defects occurring after manufacturing of the motors. Conventional high-sensitivity instruments are too heavy, costly and cumbersome to be dedicated to monitoring an individual motor used in the field. Motors must be transported to a depot to evaluate the potential for age-induce flaws in the liners, casings or propellants. We propose to develop sensitive, low-power sensors that can be embedded into the motor and can transmit electronic signals through to a conductive flex circuit to alert personnel to defective rocket motors. Seacoast manufactures chemicapacitors and chemiresistors as light-weight chemical sensors. It is envisioned that a number of chemical sensors would be embedded between the insulation and the motor casing. Electronics printed on flexible substrate would connect the sensor arrays to external displays, allowing assessment of the health of a rocket motor over its entire lifetime. The sensor arrays and support electronics would become an integral part of the motor and result in substantial reductions in cost to assess readiness of the motor.
Agency: Department of Commerce | Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 300.00K | Year: 2015
Seacoast Science has licensed, for the purpose of technology transfer, the NIST patent “Recirculating Temperature Wave Focusing Chromatography,” with the goal of implementing the technology into a unique environmental monitor. Seacoast believes the NIST technology can improve Seacoast’s environmental monitor, allowing for an order of magnitude cost reduction for long-term monitoring at remediation sites. In the U.S., the EPA has identified over 425,000 brownfields and 1,320 Superfund sites where hazardous chemicals have been used and unhealthy levels of these chemicals may remain in the soil and subterranean water. Seacoast will develop an environmental monitor, with emphasis toward petrochemicals and chlorinated solvents, to install at these remediated sites to assure a healthy environment.
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services | Branch: National Institutes of Health | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 150.00K | Year: 2015
DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Seacoast Science Inc is proposing to develop certify and then commercialize comfort wear non invasive monitors that predict physiological alcohol impairment in humans based on transdermal ethanol measurements Using best practice miniaturization methods we will build the monitors into clothing arm bracelets pendants or decorative accessories Such monitors will have immediate application in the effort to combat alcohol misuse These monitors are based on catalytic alcohol sensors that have proven to be reliable in breathalyzers The work leverages Seacoastandapos s experience in designing alcohol detectors for various applications along with work embedding sensors in articles of clothing Impact Alcohol abuse and impairment cause significant damage to lives and property in the US and globally The Centers for Disease Control published a report that alcohol abuse in the United States caused deaths and resulted in $ billion financial cost for The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported fatalities in alcohol involved motor vehicle crashes in Worldwide the World Health Organization reports million deaths every year resulting from alcohol abuse representing of all deaths Overall of the global burden of disease and injury is attributable to alcohol as measured in disability adjusted life years DALYs Alcohol consumption causes death and disability relatively early in life In the age group years approximately of the total deaths ar alcohol attributable PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE Alcohol abuse and impairment cause significant damage to lives and property in the US and globally Legal mandates often require repeat alcohol abusers to wear personal alcohol monitors however non compliance is extensive We see an opportunity to miniaturize these sensors and incorporate them into apparel or fashion accessories improve comfort and reduce unsightliness and stigma when use of the monitors is prudent or mandatory
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2015
Seacoast proposes to develop a design for a wearable microdetector system that is tuned specifically for fuel-related pollutants. The system contains sensors modified with conductive graphene, to make lightweight, ultra-sensitive detectors. During the past few years there has been increasing interest in using new technologies for community-based monitoring applications, for example, for pollutants that can harm a large number of people in a specific area. However, thus far no detectors have been developed that meet the price-point to make them acceptable to the average person to carry a chemical sensor with them. Currently available sensor systems are large and expensive, requiring training to operate, or come as kits which require sample preparation and special handling. In either case, wide distribution of chemical detectors is not yet possible. By the end of Phase I, Seacoast will complete a sensor system design, evaluate materials and components, and develop a Phase II test and validation plan. Integrated display and wireless data transmission will allow for centralized logging and chemical exposure tracking, enabling crowd-sourced chemical exposure monitoring.