Scientists and engineers at Seacoast Science, Inc. are developing technology that includes a MEMS-based capacitive platform where specific chemically-sensitive polymers are attached. This means that one technology platform can be easily adapted to multiple chemical sensing requirements.


Seacoast Science's technology is based on proprietary designs, and includes micromachined detector arrays, readout electronics, custom synthesized polymers and sol-gels and specialized analytical software. Thus, the technology enables the detection and early warning of weapons of mass destruction, toxic industrial chemicals and other hazardous materials.

For each application, a series of polymers are chosen based on their affinity for detecting specific chemicals. These polymers are coated onto a sensor platform and behave like sponges to absorb chemicals from the atmosphere. When a polymer absorbs a chemical, it changes that polymer's ability to conduct electricity, an event that is measured by our sensor. Seacoast Science's technology then identifies the nature and class of chemicals being detected. Our sensors are sensitive to most volatile organic compounds, toxic industrial chemicals, chemical warfare agents (such as mustard and sarin gas), and other gases.

Competitive Advantages

Size  Multiple detector on a single chip
Power Consumption-- W per sensor, mW per system
Cost Semiconductor Processing Techniques
Ruggedness    No moving parts

Seacoast Science, Inc. proprietary sensors have been tested in controlled environmental conditions. Our sensors have demonstrated sensitivity to many Toxic Industrials Chemicals (TIC), Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC), Explosives, and Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA). The sensors were capable of detecting many hazardous compounds in air in the parts per billion range.

Toxic Industrial Chemicals

Analyte Lower Limits of
Carbaryl Parts per billion
DIMP Parts per billion
Allyl Alcohol Parts per million
Carbon Disulphide Parts per million
Phenol Parts per million
Methyl Benzoate Parts per million
Styrene Oxide Parts per million
Acetophenone Parts per million
Hydrogen Cyanide Parts per thousand
Ammonia Parts per thousand

Volatile Chemicals
Industrial Solvent Lower Limits of
Acetone Parts per million
Acetonitrile Parts per million
Benzene Parts per million
Carbon Bromobenzene Parts per million
Ethyl acetate Parts per million
Ethyl alcohol Parts per million
IPA Parts per million
Methyl Alcohol Parts per million
Octane Parts per million
Tetrahydrofuran Parts per million
Toluene Parts per million

Analyte Lower Limits of
DMDNB Parts per billion
o-Nitrotoluene Parts per billion
2,6-DNT Parts per billion
2,4-DNT Parts per billion
1-Nitropropane Parts per million
Nitrobenzene Parts per million

Chemical Warfare Agents
CWA Lower Limits of
HD (Mustard) Parts per million
GA (Tabun) Parts per billion
GB (Sarin) Parts per billion
GD (Soman) Parts per billion

Specialty chemical sensing polymers, materials, and systems

Seacoast Science, Inc. has implemented its core technology in to multiple sensor systems for custom chemical sensing applications. Our detectors can be equipped with audible and visual detection alarms, RF or cellular wireless transmission networks, digital displays, and air pumps for faster chemical detection. The systems use serial communication for easy integration.



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  Detection of Narcotics and Illicit Laboratories.
  Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).
  Detection of Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TIC).
  Detection of selected Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA).
  Detection of Explosives.
  Specialty chemical sensing polymers, materials & systems
  Detection of Toxic Mold (TM)
  Detection of Carbon Dioxide










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