NASA 1996 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER : 96-1 16.12-1100

PROJECT TITLE : Lightweight and Inexpensive Hydrogen Specific Sensors

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

Hydrogen is a highly combustible, odorless gas which is widely used in military and commercial sectors. Large scale production of ammonia, hydrogen chloride and methanol are but some of the industrial uses for hydrogen. Use of hydrogen in these and in rocket propulsion systems represents a significant explosive hazard to workers and their surrounding communities. The present hydrogen sensors suffer from a lack of selectivity and specificity for hydrogen. Recent advances in thin-film materials present a unique opportunity to develop inexpensive, hydrogen specific miniature optical sensors. In addition, these materials display optical properties that make them suitable for integrated optical sensors, and remote sensors. Other commercial applications include optical signal routers, large area architectural glass applications and laser-based technologies. In the proposed Phase I program, suitable precursors and thin-film processing conditions will be developed for deposition of these sensor materials.
POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
These sensors will enjoy a significant, unfulfilled market niche. In addition to addressing safety concerns of a broad $200 million market of merchant hydrogen use, these sensors will also find utility in related space, military and commercial applications.
NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Dr. Gautam Bhandari
Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
7 Commerce Dr.
Danbury, CT 06810
NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR
Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
7 Commerce Dr.
Danbury, CT 06810