Multimetals Emission Monitoring System Based on Spark-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

EPA Contract Number: EPD04018
Title: Multimetals Emission Monitoring System Based on Spark-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
Investigators: Hunter, Amy J.R.
Small Business: Physical Sciences Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: March 1, 2004 through August 31, 2004
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (2004) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , SBIR - Air Pollution , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


Physical Sciences, Inc., proposes to develop a multimetals emissions monitor to support Title V permitting of large air pollution sources based on its patented Spark-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (SIBS) technology. Previous work has shown that this technique is capable of sensitively monitoring metals in airborne particles that emit in the visible range (e.g., Pb, Cr, and Cd). To be useful for measuring all metallic hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), use of SIBS in the deep ultraviolet range must be developed.

The goal of this Phase I research project is to develop a SIBS capability to monitor As and Se, which have strong emissions at 193.7 nm and 196.0 nm, respectively. This ability then will be married to existing SIBS technology to create the basis for a monitor able to identify and quantify all metals on the HAPs list. This monitor will be useful in enabling large air pollution sources, such as incinerators and power plants, to meet their Title V obligations of monitoring and reporting their emissions. The SIBS monitor will operate in real time, an improvement over the currently used U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Reference Method 29, an extractive technique that is labor intensive, slow, and not amenable to automation.

Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, multimetals emission monitoring, Spark-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, SIBS, airborne particles, metallic hazardous air pollutants, HAPs, Title V, Reference Method 29, EPA., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, particulate matter, Air Quality, Environmental Chemistry, Monitoring/Modeling, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Monitoring, Atmospheric Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, particle size, monitoring, chemical characteristics, human health effects, aerosol particles, HAPS, air quality models, gas chromatography, air quality model, air sampling, ambient emissions, chemical detection techniques, emissions, metal speciation, particulate matter mass, particle sampler, human exposure, multimetal emissions, arsenic speciation, spark induced breakdown spectroscopy, spark-induced breakdown spectroscopy, aerosol analyzers

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report
  • SBIR Phase II:

    Multimetals Monitoring System Based Upon Spark-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy