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Particle Concentration Device

Utah State University seeks a company interested in commercializing a particle concentrating device. Particle Concentration has benefits for many industries including pharmaceutical manufacturing and pathogen detection. Biological detection is a $4.6+ Billion market. There has been a sharp increase in funding for biological detection with the increased terrorist threat. Current detection devices require an average of 4-20 hours for pathogen detection; the particle concentrator greatly decreases the detection rate by 20-100 times. This technology allows for more rapid detection without sacrificing detection accuracy. The concentrator does not allow physical contact with the particles, resulting in no chance of contamination of particles. The technology also can be used to concentrate particles for manufacturing in pharmaceuticals. This reduces the need for large blowers that require power and inefficient bag house systems.
Features and Benefits
  • Pathogen detection
  • Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing
  • Particle concentration
  • Dry powder sorting
  • No impact concentrating, resulting in little degradation or contamination
  • Concentrates air particulate, reducing detection time by 20-100 times
  • Creates leaner processes, reducing the need for large fans
The particle concentrator uses fluid dynamics to channel particles in a jet stream. Particles are concentrated to the desired area (sensor, bag house collector, etc.). The concentrator requires no physical contact, which preserves particle quality and shape.
Development Stage
Multiple prototypes have been developed and several validation tests have been conducted. Tests have proven competitive accuracy and competency. Concentrations have been performed with some substances, but concentrations of hazardous materials have not been performed
US Patent No. 7,543,710
Glenn Whichard
Senior Commercialization Associate
Physical Sciences
(435) 797-9604
Reference: W05003