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Project Goal:

Develop a library of quantum dot-based nanocomposite sensing materials for use in the sensitive and selective detection of hydrocarbon pollutants in soil and water samples. This enabling technology will provide future cost reductions in the analysis of soil and water samples for the most common pollutants encountered on DOT construction projects and at maintenance facilities.

Statement of Work:

The activities during phases III and IV of this sensor development program will focus on 6 objectives which will investigate a multi-leveled hydrocarbon selectivity paradigm for quantum dot sensors, expand the hydrocarbon target gas tests to include less volatile materials, develop materials using parallel synthetic and testing techniques, perform cross sensitivity tests, test soil samples from DOT sites in a laboratory setting for optimization of the materials development and provide guidance and procedures for use in DOT related environments.