Superfund Research Program
In-situ, Real-Time Oxygen Sensor to Monitor the Long-Term Efficacy of Aerobically Enhanced Bioremediation of Hydrocarbon-Impacted Groundwater
Project Leader: Alexey Sidelev
Grant Number: R41ES023250
Funding Period: Phase I: September 2013 – April 2014
Groundwater and soil contamination has been associated with higher incidence of birth defects and cancer. Monitored natural attenuation of contaminants via biodegradation has proven effective in lowering contaminant levels, but these processes depend critically on dissolved oxygen levels.
Chromosense, LLC is developing a robust oxygen sensor compound with chemical durability required for long-term in-situ subsurface monitoring. The technology is aimed at reducing the costs associated with the installation of monitoring wells and repetitive groundwater sampling for dissolved oxygen. Furthermore, it delivers higher accuracy by sampling in-situ. These performance enhancements and cost reductions will facilitate the expansion and acceleration of current environmental remediation projects. In addition to environmental markets, the technology is applicable to other industries, such as in agriculture and chemical processing. Improvements in the physical chemistry of oxygen sensors will likely generalize to the development of rugged sensors for other environmentally significant parameters, such as pH and redox potential.
ChromoSense, LLC was founded to develop innovative optical sensing and monitoring solutions for the environmental monitoring market, and it has been conducting research on the development of a full range of low-cost optical sensor probes for long- term in-situ monitoring. In order to commercialize the proposed dissolved oxygen probe, the company and the partner university is drawing upon its team's many combined years of professional experience in the proposed application and technological development.