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Production of Chemical Reagents for Prompt-Agent-Defeat Weapons

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA117C0060
Agency Tracking Number: T2-0240
Amount: $995,819.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA14B-001
Solicitation Number: 2014.0
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-28
Small Business Information
85 Westbrook Road
Centerbrook, CT 06409
United States
DUNS: 805389413
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Anderson
 Solid State Chemist, V
 (860) 581-8477
Business Contact
 Shilpa Amato
Phone: (571) 594-2558
Research Institution
 The Johns Hopkins University
 Ashley Hoover
 (443) 997-1906
 Nonprofit College or University

Nalas Engineering and Johns Hopkins University collaborated in a Phase I STTR program to study reactive mixtures of HI3O8 and nanocomposite fuels previously developed by the Weihs Group. These fuel/oxidizer mixtures are uniquely able to simultaneously produce heat and biocidal iodine gas, a combination designed to destroy biological weapons. The team at Nalas focused on evaluating conditions for preparing HI3O8 with control over the particle size distribution, while the Weihs Group focused on studying how these fuel/oxidizer mixtures behave in small-scale testing. The results of that Phase I program provide the foundation for developing conditions to prepare high-quality HI3O8 on the kilogram-scale to support ongoing testing, and to develop formulations of this fuel/oxidizer mixture that would be suitable for application to an end item in which this material would be set around an explosive charge. In the Phase II STTR , we will advance the development of these unique fuel/oxidizer materials to kilogram-scale production, formulation on the ten-gram scale, and testing of larger articles to facilitate down-selection to a material that can be carried forward for further development.

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