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By Dave Archer
You do that 20,000 times each day. For 80% of those breaths, you’re probably indoors—which means that the majority of the air you breathe is five times more likely to be polluted, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That polluted air significantly contributes to your risk of respiratory disease, cancer, and cardiac events. Up until recently, detecting that pollution has been expensive and not extremely sensitive due to old technology.
Enter NevadaNano’s Molecular Property Spectrometer Indoor Air Quality Sensor, which represents a breakthrough in gas sensing performance. By using nanotechnology, NevadaNano was able to create a sensor that enables smart home air quality monitors, smart air purification systems, and smart ventilation systems to monitor indoor air quality and automatically take action when it isn’t safe.
Essentially, NevadaNano is bringing the sense of smell to the internet with gas detection, identification and quantification technology. Its technology enables small, low-power, sensitive and accurate Internet of Things ready gas analyzers that can be distributed in homes, factories, outdoors and personal devices to create healthier homes, offices, and people.
At its Sparks office, NevadaNano is developing and manufacturing this micro-electro-mechanical systems-based sensor modules and subsystems for an array of commercial and government applications. NevadaNano’s sensors are small, low-cost, able to be operated unattended and can detect a broad range of threats with a single, standard sensor configuration.
The core element of NevadaNano’s sensor modules and systems is manufactured on silicon-based solid-state micro-electro-mechanical systems technology, offering small size, low cost, and high reliability. The sensing element is an array of MEMS structures that are self-activating, self-sensing, self-cleaning and self-calibrating. Using proprietary materials as well as unique sensing methods and analysis techniques, a single sensor configuration can detect hundreds of diverse types of vapors and particles.
At the NevadaNano’s headquarters on Greg Street in Sparks, team members, many of whom are graduates of the University of Nevada, Reno, assemble parts, some smaller in width than a human hair, or use highly sensitive environmental chambers to test the technology’s durability.
NevadaNano was founded in 2004 to commercialize a unique sensor technology developed at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security supported the company’s early research and development. In 2017, the company received an infusion of $18 million in Series B investor funding to support its continuing development and market launch.
Now, as, NevadaNano turns its focus to commercial applications, specifically, the Internet of Things, we can all breathe a little easier.
See the innovative chemical sensor technology that NevadaNano is developing up close during NCET’s Tech Wednesday event 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. More information and registration at NCETwed.org.
Dave Archer is president/CEO of NCET, which produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology.