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No Power Detection and Identification of Nerve Agents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0070
Agency Tracking Number: C2-0333
Amount: $744,048.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD10-101
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-07-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South
College Station, TX -
United States
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Waheguru Singh
 Sr. Research Scientist
 (979) 764-2200
Business Contact
 G. Hisaw
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrat
Phone: (979) 764-2200
Research Institution

Identification of organophosphates (OPs) based nerve agents, is vital to the protection of U.S. armed forces personnel. Existing detection methods use bulky and expensive laboratory equipment, negating their battlefield use. Colorimetric indicators such as the currently deployed M8 and M9 detection papers are the fastest, cheapest, and easiest type of detector to use; however, these cannot detect vapor form chemical agents, and are highly susceptible to false positives from bug spray, smoke, gasoline and strong bleach. During the Phase I, Lynntech has developed a passive colorimetric sensor array platform, capable of detecting and identifying a variety of organophosphate based nerve agents. The sensor array consists of a combination of different nanoparticles based chemistries and color changing dyes. Sensor elements are capable of detecting CWA surrogates in liquid and aerosol forms, under extreme temperature conditions, have long shelf life, and can detect chemical agent contamination on a variety of surfaces. During the Phase II, we will develop sensing elements that could identify four live agents and four surrogate OPs, has an extended shelf life, can work under different environmental conditions, is rugged and does not give false positives when used under real conditions in the presence of fumes and other interferences.

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