Miniature Sensor Systems for National and Homeland Security Threats

Sandia's Sensor Microsystems effort develops sensors and sensor arrays for chemical, physical, and biological detection.

Sensor Microsystems

    • MicroChemLab

      The MicroChemLab is a handheld chemical analysis system that combines sample handling, separation, and detection. MicroChemLab combines three cascaded stages; each realized using microfabricated components.

      Preconcentrator - Stage 1
      Stage 1
      Separation - Stage 2
      Stage 2
      Detection - Stage 3
       Stage 3

      The discrimination power of analytical chemistry techniques may one day be realized with micro-analytical systems that combine sensors with means for collecting samples, preconcentrating them, and separating constituent species for identification and quantification. Work is underway to construct on-chip building blocks for these systems, including pumps, valves, preconcentrators, gas-chromatograph columns, and sensors.

      Stage one collects and concentrates samples.
      Stage two is a gas chromatography (GC) column used to achieve sample separations.
      Stage three is an array of surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors used to detect the sample.

      For more information, select a stage from the image below or download the brochure (pdf):

      • Microanalytical systems combine sensor(s), sample handling, and species separation on a chip
      • Micromachined gas chromatograph column separates gas-phase analytes
      • Explosive detection
      • DNA Sequencing
      • Chemical and biological weapon detection (NN)

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