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Ultra-Selective Chemical "Sniffer" (13)

Problem: Instrument needed to provide real-time, definitive detection of a variety of specific, high-value chemical vapors

Project Activity Scope (from Technical Overview Chart): Mechanisms through Integrated Systems

Ultra-selective Chemical Sniffer

PNNL Solution:

  • Determined high-resolution infrared spectra of target chemical vapors to confirm detection feasibility
  • Developed bench-scale instrument that demonstrated performance
  • Developed portable instrument
  • Demonstrated capability for key national security and medical vapors
Ultra-selective Chemical Sniffer

Capabilities Employed to Meet Client Needs: High-resolution infrared spectroscopy; optical interactions with chemical vapors; electro-optics; optical engineering; analog and digital electronics; RF electronics; computer software for controls and data reduction; mechnical component and packaging design; system integration.

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Contact: Steve Sharpe

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