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Infrared Retroreflective, Visible Absorbing, and Electrostatically Adhesive…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
85028
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A08A-008-0112
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MO-SCI Corporation
4040 Hypoint Dr. Rolla, MO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Infrared Retroreflective, Visible Absorbing, and Electrostatically Adhesive Microsphere Taggants
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-08-C-0105
Award Amount: $99,860.00
 

Abstract:

MO-SCI Corporation and the Missouri University of Science & Technology (MST-formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) propose to develop low cost, IR retro-reflective (800 nm - 2800 nm), visible absorbing glass microspheres for ubiquitous spectroscopic tagging through our innovative material design, fabrication and characterization technologies. These glass microspheres of any size (e.g., 20 - 100 microns, diameter) absorb visible light and, thus, are minimally visible to the unaided human eye. The refractive index of the glass microspheres will be tailor-designed to allow a maximum retro-reflection in the IR region and, thus, can be easily spotted using a man-portable IR viewing device. We will also coat the microspheres with a layer that is strongly negative in the triboelectric series such as saran. The coating will increase the electrostatic attraction of the microbeads to human skin, hair, and commonly worn clothing fabrics. Daytime detection (e.g., on a sunny day) of the IR retro-reflective glass microspheres is possible with gated illumination and lock-in amplification techniques.

Principal Investigator:

Cheol-Woon Kim
Senior R&D Engineer
5733642338
ckim@mo-sci.com

Business Contact:

Ted E. Day
President
5733642338
tday@mo-sci.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MO-SCI CORP.
4040 Hypoint North PO BOX 2 Rolla, MO 65402

EIN/Tax ID: 431372193
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
MISSOURI UNIV. OF SCIENCE & TECH.
202 University Center
Rolla, MO 65409 1330
Contact: K. Krishnamurthy
Contact Phone: (573) 341-4154
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university