NevadaNano (Nevada Nanotech Systems, Inc.) develops and manufactures micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-based sensor modules and subsystems for a diverse array of commercial and government applications. Our products are used by system integrator partners and by system manufacturers who benefit from the unique characteristics of our sensors — namely small size, low cost, unattended operation, and the ability to detect a broad range of threats with a single, standard sensor configuration.
The company was founded in 2004 to commercialize a unique sensor technology developed at the University of Nevada, Reno. In December 2004, the company completed a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program for DARPA demonstrating the feasibility of a trace detection system using microcantilever sensors. In this program, NevadaNano designed, modeled, built and successfully tested a prototype sensor system for measuring the concentrations of unlawful or hazardous materials in shipping containers. In February 2006, NevadaNano was awarded a Phase II SBIR contract to continue the development of the sensor system with testing successfully completed at the Nevada Test Site in the summer of 2007. In July 2008, we embarked on a Phase III DOD-funded program where a form, fit and function prototype system for shipping container threat detection was developed, built, and tested.
NevadaNano is uniquely positioned to address a broad range of sensor applications. Vapors from bio-agents have been successfully detected, as have chemicals representative of illicit drugs and human respiration. The greatest impact from chemical, explosive, and bio-sensors will only be felt when they can be deployed ubiquitously in large numbers and over wide areas. This will only happen when sensors are small and affordable, can sense a very broad range of substances, and are robust enough to operate unattended for long periods of time. The core element of NevadaNano’s sensor modules and systems is manufactured on a solid-state, MEMS technology offering small size, low cost, and high reliability. The sensing element is an array of MEMS structures that are not only self-activating and self-sensing, they are also self-cleaning and self-calibrating, thus enabling unattended deployment for extended periods. Using proprietary materials as well as unique sensing methods and analysis techniques, a single sensor configuration is able to detect hundreds of diverse types of vapors and particles. These advantages make our Molecular Property Spectrometer (MPS™) solution the leading candidate to fulfill the vision of ubiquitous sensor deployment for both homeland security and commercial applications.