Vision • Mission • Why Clients Choose Us
To accelerate scientific understanding of the role of aerosols in climate change across the Earth sciences
Fred Sr. starts with one vacuum brazing furnace in a garage in Fremont, CA.
Became too big for the garage and moved to a small warehouse.
Officially incorporated and moved into one of our current 8,000 sq ft buildings to fabricate vacuum ion pumps for global distribution.
Fred Jr. performs sizing and hygroscopicity measurements and manages Kosan ground sampling site in South Korea for 2-month NSF-sponsored multinational field study.
Father & Son Team
Fred Jr. joins the firm to develop new aerosol measurement technologies.
Very first isokinetic inlet system ships to DOE for the G-1 research aircraft.
Participated in the New England Air Quality study on-board the G-1 research aircraft.
Make it Blow
Completion of 220 mph (100 m/s or 350 km/hr) wind tunnel at Brechtel for aircraft inlet testing.
Office of Naval Research awards us our first SBIR to develop the DASH-SP.
PILS & SEMS Begins…
First customized PILS & SEMS systems for routine aircraft measurements.
Brechtel participates in Twin Otter flights during field study of aerosol/cloud properties.
Ion pump business is sold and Brechtel turns all of its attention to development, manufacturing, and sales of aerosol measurement instrumentation.
Awarded to develop ACCESS line of UAV-deployable products.
Release of first aircraft-deployable DASH to Caltech for the CIRPAS Twin Otter.
GoMACS in Texas
Participated in Texas field study to study aerosol/cloud interactions.
Provided technical support to customers operating the DASH, PILS and other instruments on-board the CIRPAS Twin Otter.
First shipment of our 1700-series mixing-based counters.
Arctic UAV Sampling
Delivery of first ACCESS line products for UAV-deployment by NOAA over Svalbard.
Awarded to develop fast mobility sizing and counting technologies.
First shipment of our Humidified Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer.
Release of the Model 1204 CVI inlet and first installation on the DOE G-1 research aircraft.
Provided support for PILS aircraft and ground deployments as well as for ISO and CVI inlets on G-1 aircraft during the CARES study.
Release of new version of the PILS 80% smaller and 70% less expensive than the original version.
Passing of the Baton
Fred Jr. becomes CEO and owner of Brechtel.
Sampling Clouds Part II
Release of our 1205 Ground CVI to extend aircraft cloud sampling to the ground.
Awarded to further development of ACCESS line of UAV-deployable technologies.
Brown & Black Carbon
First shipment of the TAP to NASA and UK Met Office.
Make it Better
Major redesign of 2100 SEMS.
Miniaturize the SEMS for UAV and other portable applications.
First shipment of redesigned portable ACCESS line of products.
Awarded to further commercialization efforts for ACCESS line.
Let’s make it HOT
Release of our model 3105 Thermodenuder to cook sampled particles to 300 deg C; and it fully integrates with the HTDMA.
Awarded to miniaturize CCN technology.
Release of a compact SEMS in a carry-on-sized weather proof case for applications requiring mobility.
Brechtel scientists participate in the CAIPEEX study with full ACCESS instruments and CVI inlet on King Air research aircraft.
Awarded fifth patent on particle ionization and detection.
Release of our 9405 miniaturized optical particle counter for portable/UAV applications.
Awarded to explore a new method to measure aerosol light absorption.
Release of the miniaturized SEMS for UAV and other portable applications.
After lengthy shutdown, sales surge and team grows to 18 terrific people! It’s great to be back.
To create a miniaturized version of the HTDMA for portable aerosol hygroscopic growth measurements.
- Asst. Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
- University of Colorado at Boulder
Expert Reviewers of SBIR Proposals
- Comments after review of Brechtel’s SBIR proposal for Miniaturized Cloud Condensation Nucleus Counter
Expert Reviewers of SBIR Proposals
- Comments after review of Brechtel’s SBIR proposal for Miniaturized Scanning Electrical Mobility Sizer