A Field Rugged Multi-Agent Colorimetric Sensor Array
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS) proposes to develop a field-rugged, colorimetric indicating armband that is capable of detecting multiple TICs and CWAs, at low concentrations, in adverse environments. The proposed sensor array will detect threatening chemical agents and provide a visual readout within minutes of coming in contact with the agent or agents. Rapid detection is essential so that warfighters and other military personnel can recognize a threat and don protective gear. The innovative process that will allow the sensor array to overcome the drawbacks of current colorimetric technologies is that the colorimetric indicators will be immobilized in cross-linked polymers. As a starting point for this project, IOS will use its proprietary repertoire of CWA-sensitive colorimetric polymers that were developed for a fiber optic-based chemical warfare agent sensing system currently in "beta test" deployment. Our novel polymers have many advantages as a support medium, including a low glass transition temperature (broad operating range), no swelling by water (immersible in water without impact on performance), excellent permeation of target agents (fast detection), flexible and rugged containment of indicators (robustness and longevity), and ease of manufacturing (amenable to miniaturization).
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INTELLIGENT OPTICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
2520 W. 237th Street Torrance, CA 90505
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