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Microfabricated Biomimetic Artificial Gill System (MBAGS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-05-C-0095
Agency Tracking Number: A054-020-0156
Amount: $99,958.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-T020
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-02-11
Small Business Information
16 Longmeadow Rd
Lincoln, MA 01773
United States
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Kovar
 Principal Scientist
 (781) 890-1338
 bkovar@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Military operations in underwater and high altitude environments impose significant restrictions on the warfighter's ability to meet operational objectives. An advanced breathing apparatus that mimics the efficiency, simplicity, and durability of the gill-swim bladder found in fish could greatly improve human maneuverability and sustainability in both aquatic and high altitude settings. In this Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, Infoscitex and Case Western Reserve University propose the development of a biomimetic synthetic gill design based on the subdividing regions of clef, filament, and lamellae found in natural fish gills. Computational modeling will be performed to identify design parameters required for efficient gas exchange. A biomimetic oxygen carrier material will be incorporated into a thin, gas-permeable membrane to facilitate gas exchange. In Phase I, gas exchange units will be designed and demonstrated for rapid, efficient extract of oxygen from surrounding water. The Phase I team includes a leading developer and manufacturer of breathing equipment for military and commercial end-users.

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