Cost-effective Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Based Monitoring Technologies to Improve the Performance and Reliability of Small Drinking Water SystemsEPA Contract Number: EPD17024
Title: Cost-effective Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Based Monitoring Technologies to Improve the Performance and Reliability of Small Drinking Water Systems
Investigators: Trentler, Timothy
Small Business: Sporian Microsystems Inc.
EPA Contact: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2019
Project Amount: $299,999
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase II (2016) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) , SBIR - Water
Small drinking water systems consistently provide safe, reliable drinking water to their customers; however challenges of such systems include; lack of financial resources, aging infrastructure, lack of scale, and technical/logistical challenges associated with regulation compliance. The deployment of new cost-effective monitoring technologies hold opportunities to substantially advance infrastructure and assure compliance along with being economically viable for integration by small drinking water system operators. Sporian Microsystems has performed significant prior work developing and fielding a range of water low cost remote and in-line monitoring systems for both the government and private industry. The objective of the proposed work is to develop Molecularly Imprinted Polymer (MIP) based detection Materials/schemes that eliminate the need of consumable reagents and can easily be retrofitted to expand the range of detectable contaminants in existing low cost water monitoring hardware. The Phase I effort focused on MIP formulation development and demonstrating detection performance. Phase II will include: collaboration with customers/partners to guide development; optimizing and expanding upon MIPs/Ion Imprinted Polymers developed during Phase I; and developing/testing revised monitoring system hardware designs. In addition to small drinking water system operators, commercial customers for such monitoring systems include civilian, homeland security, and military, for a range of environmental and process monitoring applications.