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AIRBORNE CBW AGENT DECONTAMINATION TECHNOLOGY

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
62387
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-2624
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SUPER PULSE
227 DURFEE HILL RD. ITHACA, NY 14850-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: AIRBORNE CBW AGENT DECONTAMINATION TECHNOLOGY
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F08637-03-C-6021
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Decontamination is a process through which dangerous chemicals and microorganisms, including vegetative cells, spores and viruses, are rendered harmless. Conventional technologies such as new-generation of HEPA filters provide reasonable protection for acertain amount of time. However, HEPA filters are expensive and require the use of pre-filters to limit their rate of loading, moreover, they dissipate large amounts of power from the ventilation air stream.We propose to develop a new technology for decontamination of air streams through simultaneous injection and generation of strong oxidative free radicals. These free radicals, which have an average lifetime of less than a second, are effective inneutralizing chemical and biological agents upon contact and dissipate not leaving any residue. The strong air/gas stream containing free radicals produced in a non-thermal plasma source will be able to penetrate efficiently the contaminated air streamdue to vibrant turbulence caused by the injection stream.Non-thermal plasma technologies are currently under investigation for their ability to decompose biological and chemical agents. Plasma chemical processes have been known to be highly effective in promoting oxidation, enhancing molecular dissociation, andproducing free radicals to enhance chemical reactions. Plasma techniques such as the pulsed microwave discharge proposed here, offer advantages of energy efficiency and the capability for the simultaneous removal of co-existing CBW agents. The air decontamination technology using non-thermal plasma can be used in military and civilian environment. Exclusive of homeland defense, the principal commercial opportunity is as an infection control/allergy suppression accessory in ventilationsystems and in private residence, aircraft, and business ventilation systems, including medical and microbiological facilities. There are also likely to be analogous military applications.

Principal Investigator:

Czeslaw Golkowski
Vice-President
6072576224
cg18@cornell.edu

Business Contact:

Kristina Golkowski
President
6072576224
kgolowsk@twcny.rr.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SUPER-PULSE
1452 Hanshaw Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850

EIN/Tax ID: 161564691
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No