SpectraFluidics, Inc., a Goleta, CA-based developer of high performance vapor trace chemical detection systems, has received a strategic investment of undisclosed amount and a development agreement from In-Q-Tel.
The technology behind SpectraFluidics’ system is a combination of free-surface microfluidics and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. The company is currently developing a new platform for sensing airborne molecules at ultra low concentrations, while at the same time being molecular specific, fast to respond, and portable.
It promises to improve screening productivity, and potentially enable continuous trace vapor screening in critical applications which currently rely upon slow sample screening protocols to detect and identify airborne chemicals.
Initial target applications include in-line security screening for explosives, as well as food and agricultural produce where safety, quality and certification are increasingly important.
According to Syd Ulvick, Vice President, Physical and Biological Technologies practice at IQT, the independent strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community, SpectraFluidics’platform has the potential to significantly exceed existing state-of-the-art chemical detection systems, providing benefits to both the public and private sectors.