Affordable On-Demand Testing of Water Contamination Using a Portable Nanoelectronic Lead Detector

Recent issues regarding lead in urban drinking water system have arisen. Specifically, the water distribution system in Newark, NJ has attracted a great deal of attention prompting the City and State DEP to conduct widespread testing and even distribution of water treatment devices and bottled water. The water distribution is aged and contains lead fittings that may impact water quality. The primary goal of this study is to develop and deploy a rapid, accurate lead sensing system for lead analysis in drinking water. In addition to accuracy, it is expected to demonstrate that the system can be used to sample a high volume of samples in a field setting with all of the difficulties that may come along with it. The intended outcome of the project is a new portable electronic sensing platform for rapidly testing lead in water samples. The prototype developed during this research will be a potentially marketable product that will tap into a global market for water testing and analysis instruments valued at $3.5 billion in 2019. An on-site demonstration will be scheduled at the end of this project for various stakeholders to inform them of the availability and potential to this type of sensing system.

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $35000
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A3551847102

    CAIT-UTC-REG41

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

    428 East State Street, 1st Floor
    Trenton, NJ  United States  08625

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Project Managers:

    Goodrow, Sandra M

    Szary, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Principal Investigators:

    Francisco, Kelly

    Javanmard, Mehdi

  • Start Date: 20200914
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01759902
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847102, CAIT-UTC-REG41
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 10 2020 12:41PM