Inexpensive Formaldehyde Sensors for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Applications

EPA Contract Number: 68HERD19C0004
Title: Inexpensive Formaldehyde Sensors for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Applications
Investigators: Manoukian, Mourad
Small Business: Giner Inc.
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Phase: II
Project Period: December 1, 2018 through November 30, 2020
Project Amount: $299,743
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase II (2018) Recipients Lists
Research Category: SBIR - Air and Climate , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


Recognizing the need to monitor formaldehyde gas in residential and industrial buildings, Giner, Inc. (Giner) will continue the successful work started in Phase I and will develop, fabricate and demonstrate a formaldehyde gas monitor that is capable of continuously measuring formaldehyde in the range of 0-2000 parts per billion (ppb) with a resolution of 10 ppb. The wireless capable monitor will have a modular design comprising of a microsensor and electronics control/data display modules and will be available for approximately $100 for the monitor-microsensor combination. Replacement microsensors will be available for approximately $20. The global formaldehyde sensor market will increase from $835 million dollars in 2017 to approximately $991 million dollars in 2022. Sensor manufacturing and distributing companies such as RKI Instruments (Union City, CA) and TSI Incorporated (Shoreview, MN) have expressed interest in Giner’s technology and willingness to monitor the Phase II developmental progress closely and enter into an agreement to license the technology if and when the results of the Phase II are within their expectations.

SBIR Phase I:

Inexpensive Formaldehyde Sensor for Indoor Air Quality Application  | Final Report