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Proposal Number: FY18.1-H-SB018.1-001-0022-I
Proposal Title: Bilayer Nanofibers as Wearable Sensors for Detecting Fentanyl Compounds
Topic Number: H-SB018.1-001
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Development of a Wearable Fentanyl Analog Sensor
Organization: Vaporsens
Address: 615 Arapeen Drive
Suite 102
Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1239  
Abstract: Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old, with fentanyl claiming more lives than any other drug. Alarmingly, the problem is increasing, with fentanyl overdoses claiming nearly twice as many lives in 2016 compared to 2015. In addition to users, first responders are at risk for coming into contact with fentanyl as they perform their duties. Fentanyl is extremely dangerous because it is odorless and lethal in small quantities. Thus, a low-cost, wearable detector for fentanyl is required to protect first responders and other vulnerable groups. Chemical sensors are appropriate for a low-cost, wearable detector. However, fentanyl is typically found in particles and most chemical sensors are designed to detect gas molecules. Fentanyl is generally found as a salt and is nonvolatile. A method to convert the salt to vapor-phase fentanyl molecules could enable detection using chemical sensors. Vaporsens proposes development of a novel bilayer sensor based on organic nanofibers. The top layer would feature nanofibers with base groups on the surface to adsorb fentanyl particles and withdraw the acid. The bottom layer would be comprised of nanofibers designed to respond to fentanyl compounds. Compared to other chemical sensors, nanofibers offer a higher degree of sensitivity and selectivity. Sensors are small in size and consume little power, appropriate for a wearable detector. The proposed sensors could play a vital role in protecting first responders from becoming victims of the opioid epidemic.
Award/Contract Number: 70RSAT18C00000018
Period of Performance: 05/02/2018 - 11/01/2018
Award/Contract Value: $149,930.99
Award/Obligated Amount: $149,930.99