The proposed technology is an electronic tongue (E-Tongue) probe comprising an electrochemical sensor array, data acquisition and intelligent pattern recognition software to fill the unmet need for rapid, low cost, on-site characterization of toxic metals such as arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, zinc, and mercury in water and sediments.
Primary Application Area: Water, Waste, Environmental
Technology Development Status: Prototype
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Value Proposition: The target market for our product is environmental engineers working with contaminated sediments and water, as well as the food and beverage industry. The value proposition will be the reduced cost and time of site characterization through the more efficient sampling of contaminated sites. A second value proposition is reducing the time to receive data from 1 to 2 weeks to several hours. The E-Tongue will allow environmental engineers to test multiple locations over the course of a day, giving them preliminary data about the distribution of the contamination. Once the preliminary screen has been done with the E-Tongue, samples can then be taken for testing by an offsite lab. This will ensure that sampling is done effectively the first time, eliminating the potential need for additional rounds of sampling, thereby reducing the average time of site characterization, and will eliminate the cost of testing unneeded samples. Additionally the data from the E-Tongue will immediately be available for the engineers to begin planning the remediation of the site, compared to one to two weeks for an offsite laboratory.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 4T
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Vetted Programs/Awards: NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation
External Funding to Date: NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation