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SPIE and Laurin Publishing Name Block Engineering a Prism Award Winner for its LaserScan (TM) Analyzer


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The Prism Awards, introduced for the first time in 2008, recognize the best in innovative technology within the multi-billion dollar business of optics and photonics. A distinguished panel of independent judges acknowledged as experts in their respective fields selected the winners from more than 80 entries.

Block Engineering won the award for its new LaserScan (TM) Analyzer, which is a Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) based mid-infrared spectrometer that analyzes surfaces from a standoff distance of 6 inches to 2 feet. LaserScan can be used to detect explosive materials, traditional and nontraditional chemical agents, toxic industrial chemicals and other surface contaminants or chemical threats. Although the system won for the Defense & Security category it also has many commercial applications including cleaning validation for pharmaceutical manufacturing, analysis of polymers and quality assurance and control.

Adam Erlich

Petros Kotidis

Thomas Laurin

Eugene Arthurs

About Block Engineering

Founded in 1956, Block Engineering is a leading developer of high performance QCL and FT-IR spectrometers for chemical detection and analysis to military, government, commercial, and industrial customers. Its Mobile Chemical Agent Detector (MCAD) system, in partnership with Northrop Grumman Corporation, and, PORTHOS (TM), a portable FT-IR spectrometer system, remotely detect chemical threats as far as 3 miles and protect against chemical warfare agents and weapons of mass destruction. Following this success, Block has applied its extensive knowledge of spectroscopy and chemical detection towards the commercialization of its high performance QCL based spectrometers. In addition, Block is developing a revolutionary MEMS-based, miniaturized spectrometer, the ChemPen (TM) which is a low cost, FTIR chemical gas detector the size of a fountain pen.

Marlborough, Massachusetts


Adam Erlich, VP Marketing & Business Development

Block Engineering

(508) 251-3100, [email protected]

Melinda Rose, Senior Editor

Laurin Publishing

(413) 499-0514, [email protected]

Amy Nelson, Public Relations Manager


(360) 685 5478, [email protected]

SOURCE Block Engineering

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