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Picarro Gets Grant for Pollutant Monitor

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The US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant to Picarro Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., to produce instrumentation for detecting the toxic chemical acrolein. The company will develop a continuous monitor with a sensitivity of parts per billion, based on its patented cavity ringdown spectroscopy instruments.

Used as an herbicide, acrolein is a common chemical released into the air not only by burning vegetation, but also by power plants, furnaces, gasoline- and diesel-powered engines and even cooking and cigarette smoke. It causes respiratory irritation, is believed to increase the risk of diseases such as cancer and, at high concentrations, can be deadly.

Photonics Spectra
Apr 2006
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