OptiEnz awarded NSF SBIR grant to develop sensors for TCE water contaminant

By: InnovatioNews Wednesday September 11, 2013 0 comments Tags: CSU, Fort Collins, Ken Reardon, Mike Freeman, NSF, OptiEnz, Owen Cadwalader, SBIR grant, TCE

OptiEnz logoFORT COLLINS - OptiEnz Sensors LLC, a startup company that is developing sensors to continuously measure organic chemicals in water, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant.

The grant will be used to further develop sensors for direct continuous measurement of trichloroethene (TCE), one of the world's most widespread contaminants and a potential carcinogen.

"The development of a TCE probe is a major technological advance for the environmental industry," said Owen Cadwalader, Geosyntec Consultants geochemist.

"The ability to collect high-frequency TCE measurements in groundwater and surface water will enhance site investigations and streamline costly long-term monitoring programs.

"Real-time direct measurement of TCE also has the potential to vastly improve the efficiency of both in-situ and ex-situ environmental treatment processes."

OptiEnz is a spinoff company from Colorado State University and a Rocky Mountain Innosphere client company.

"Receiving an SBIR grant is a highly competitive process that helps small businesses realize their technological potential," said Mike Freeman, Innosphere CEO.

"OptiEnz is very deserving of this award because they have all the ingredients to be successful including important technology, the management team and commercial potential."

"We're thrilled to be awarded the grant and pleased with the confidence that NSF has placed in us," said Ken Reardon, OptiEnz CTO.

"This grant aligns with our focus on the water treatment business, specifically the measurement and monitoring of groundwater and surface water. In addition, the knowledge gained from the development of TCE sensors will be directly applicable to the development of sensors for BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene), which are the most common contaminants of water in the oil-and-gas industry."

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