Sandia National Laboratories is seeking commercial partners interested in investing in the further development of a Surface Enhanced Raman technology capable of being integrated into a handheld Raman system for use by industrial, first responder and military communities.
The developed method concentrates vapor phase analytes for subsequent deposition onto a functionalized SERS surface. The technology can provide detection for certain analytes down to ppm levels.
Sandia seeks to establish a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with an industrial partner with proven experience in the design, development, and deployment of handheld Raman spectrometers. The objective of this partnership would be the joint development of a drop-in SERS based sampling unit, composed of a SERS sampling vial and a sample pre-concentration system.
Collaborators will work with Sandia on the integration and testing of the SERS system with existing handheld Raman instrumentation. This will involve not only hardware development, but also expansion of the library functions to include SERS analysis of pertinent materials. The desired outcome of the collaboration will be commercialization of the technology through refined product design, optimization, and quality assurance. Qualified partners will have the option to obtain, up to and including, an exclusive license to the intellectual property in a pre-defined field of use for reasonable compensation.
Further details are available under Solicitation Number: 14_403.