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Formulation and Production of Biological Agent Spectroscopic Simulant Particles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-10-C-0083
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-017-0214
Amount: $99,974.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T017
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-03-14
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Lennhoff
 Manager, Materials Technology Group
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 University of South Florida
 Diego Vazquez
3650 Spectrum Blvd., Suite 160
Tampa, FL 33612
United States

 (813) 974-2897
 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences, Inc. (PSI) proposes to demonstrate environmentally benign, low cost biological agent simulant particles that mimic the infrared, scatter, fluorescence and atomic absorption spectra of bacillus subtilis (BG), Erwinia herbicola (EH), and the MS2 Bacteriophage (MS2). These stimulant particles will be composed of materials that are commonly available foods or nutritional supplements. Spray drying will be used to mass produce the desired particle size and size distribution to match the agent size and its Mie scattering properties. An aerosol of BG simulant particles will be characterized using Infrared spectroscopy at PSI and using UV Laser Induced Fluorescence at the University of South Florida in the Laser Remote Sensing lab of Prof. Dennis Killinger. We will perform engineering design scale-up calculations to demonstrate a path to multi-Kg production quantities expected during a Phase II program.

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