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H-SB010.2-002
Next Generation Vacuum Systems for Hand-held Mass Spectrometers

D10PC20035 1021084
(FY10.2 Phase I)
Miniature, Rugged Vacuum System for Portable Mass Spectrometers

Creare LLC
P.O. Box 71,
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-0071

10/15/2010
to
04/28/2011
$99,968.00

DHS and the military have an urgent need for sensitive detectors of harmful materials such as toxic industrial chemicals, explosives, and chemical and biological warfare agents. Handheld instruments must be sensitive, 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 towards 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 and size of the high vacuum system required for its operation. Creare proposes to address this by developing an innovative, miniature, rugged, vacuum system.

H-SB010.2-002
Next Generation Vacuum Systems for Hand-held Mass Spectrometers

D15PC00192 FY10.2-H-SB010.2-002-0001-CRPP
(FY10.2 CRPP)
Miniature, Rugged Vacuum System for Portable Mass Spectrometers

Creare LLC
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-3116

08/01/2015
to
01/31/2017
$199,989.49

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.

H-SB010.2-002
Next Generation Vacuum Systems for Hand-held Mass Spectrometers

D12PC00210 FY10.2-H-SB010.2-002-0001-II
(FY10.2 Phase II)
Miniature, Rugged Vacuum System for Portable Mass Spectrometers

Creare LLC
P.O. Box 71
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-0071

01/18/2012
to
02/01/2014
$749,964.97

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 towards 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 high vacuum system required for its operation. Based on our highly successful Phase I project, Creare proposes to address this need by completing the development of an innovative, miniature, rugged, vacuum system during Phase II.