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Stand Alone Field Measurement of Atmospheric Benzene & Butadiene

STATUS: Awarded
POSTED: Apr 04 2012
SOURCE: InnoCentive

A method or technology is required that will enable sensitive, reproducible and rapid field-based monitoring of atmospheric benzene & 1,3 butadiene at low concentrations. These potent toxins needs to be detected in very low concentrations and the most sensitive methods of analysis currently require laborious sample collection and processing using laboratory-based instruments.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.

Challenge ID: 9932943
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Challenge Overview

The Seeker is a not-for profit organization that engages in environmental monitoring to help prevent exposure of the public to environmental toxins. Benzene concentrations are known to increase in areas with high levels of industry or high motor vehicle traffic.

A technology or method that enables portable field-based monitoring of atmospheric benzene at low (ppb) concentrations is required. Ideally the method would be amenable to recording measurements of atmospheric benzene at rapid (multiples per hour) intervals.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

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