USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

Ceramic encapsulated nanoparticle-based covert taggants for tracking of materiel

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
78037
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A064-007-0187
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NEI Corporation
400 E Apgar Drive Somerset, NJ -
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Ceramic encapsulated nanoparticle-based covert taggants for tracking of materiel
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-07-C-0106
Award Amount: $749,883.00
 

Abstract:

The Phase I program combined the technologies at Cornell and NEI, and demonstrated the feasibility of novel composite nanoparticle-based taggants for purposes of covert identification. The nanoparticles are an alternative to dyes, inks and other materials used as invisible markers. Key features of the composite nanoparticles are that the fluorescence and environmental stability are substantially enhanced relative to the free dye. The nanoparticles are non-toxic and lend themselves to be processed for a variety of end-user applications. Specifically, in Phase I, we began developing taggant particles with two different nanoparticle microstrutures, and the particle surface was modified to impart unique adhesive characteristics. The nanoparticles were characterized using spectroscopic and visual techniques. The Phase II program will build upon these results and focus on tailoring the structure and composition of the taggant nanoparticles to render them ready for implementation in the field. This will involve appropriate choice of dye molecules, tailoring size of nanoparticles and attaching the desired surface functionality on the surface. In addition, the synthesis processes will be scaled so as to deliver test quantities of material to the Army as well as our industrial partners.

Principal Investigator:

Ganesh Skandan
Chief Executive Officer
7328683141
gskandan@neicorporation.com

Business Contact:

Ganesh Skandan
Chief Executive Officer
7328683141
gskandan@neicorporation.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NEI CORP.
400 E Apgar Drive Somerset, NJ 08873

EIN/Tax ID: 223568329
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
CORNELL UNIV.
120 Day Hall
Ithicha, NY 14853 2801
Contact: Diana West
Contact Phone: (607) 255-0655
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university