Ready for Transfer

Automated Water Sampling System

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Laboratory: Agricultural Research Service, North East Area

Technology: A briefcase-sized, field-portable chromatography instrument designed to test water samples. The automated sampling system floats in a body of water, and continuously extracts and tests samples. The data gathered by the system is wirelessly transmitted to a shore-based date processing unit.

Opportunity: Available for licensing


  • Collects real-time and accurate water quality data for long periods without maintenance or servicing
  • Portable, automated, and not labor-intensive
  • Operates on solar or self-contained battery
  • Can be submerged in water

Applications: This innovation could be used in an ion chromatograph to analyze dissolved anions or cations autonomously onsite.

Contact: Jim Poulos, Technology Transfer Coordinator (cite Docket No. 49.15)