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Reactive Fluorescent Sensors for Detecting CW Agents at Sub-Chronic Levels

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Award ID:
68679
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
C041-102-0103
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Nomadics, Inc.
1024 S. Innovation Way Stillwater, OK 74074
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Reactive Fluorescent Sensors for Detecting CW Agents at Sub-Chronic Levels
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Contract: W911NF-04-C-0043
Award Amount: $69,997.00
 

Abstract:

None of the current chemical warfare (CW) agent sensors or field test kits has sufficient sensitivity to detect nerve and blister agents at allowable exposure level (AEL) concentrations. Thanks to a remarkable chromophore developed by Professor Timothy Swager at MIT, Nomadics believes that we can achieve these detection levels in a small, low-cost sensor. Recently, Nomadics has demonstrated an exciting new fluorescence-based chemical warfare agent sensor that provides very high sensitivity with a unique selectivity to the toxicity of these agents. The platform is soon to be tested against live agents and has not responded to any potential interferent other than substances which are themselves hazardous materials. Because the chromophores are so sensitive, use a dark-field detection mechanism, require only simple optics and electronics, and because of Nomadics' extensive experience in developing low-cost, sensitive, rugged field instruments, we expect to be able to demonstrate a functional model in Phase I that will confirm the system's potential as a practical handheld CW agent detector.

Principal Investigator:

Greg Frye-Mason
Principal Investigator
4053729535
gfryemason@nomadics.com

Business Contact:

James H. Luby
Chief Operating Officer
4053729535
jluby@nomadics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NOMADICS, INC.
1024 S. Innovation Way Stillwater, OK 74074

EIN/Tax ID: 731443947
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No