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Facile, High Throughput Aerosol Production of Oxidizer Particles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-15-P-0046
Agency Tracking Number: T14B-001-0068
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA14B-001
Solicitation Number: 2014.2
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-04-22
Small Business Information
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400
Roanoke, VA 24016
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Beck
 (540) 961-4506
Business Contact
 Shirley Evans
Phone: (540) 961-6724
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
 Barbara O'Mally
Office of Research Admin
College Park, MD 20742
United States

 (301) 405-6276
 Nonprofit College or University

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has been supporting research of energetic materials and incendiaries as payloads for weapons to defeat targets containing chemical and biological agents. Several universities and Navy labs have been involved in this research, and have narrowed down on a few material formulations that are efficient biocides. These formulations contain a chemical ingredient HI3O8, which is currently commercially obtained as HIO3 and processed at gram-scales in a Navy lab. While the process path is not complicated, larger-scale production at a Navy lab is not cost beneficial nor process efficient for larger scale needs. Researchers at Luna Innovations in collaboration with the University of Maryland have identified a facile approach for improvement of the current HI3O8 particle production process that includes both higher throughput and enhanced control of particle size distribution. Lunas team with professor Michael Zachariah and his group proposes to modify a high temperature aerosol process in combination with the use of inline spray drying equipment to dramatically improve the mass throughput to over 1000 grams/hour. Lunas team will produce high purity HI3O8 microparticles (1-2 microns) and demonstrate scalbility for multi-pound production and beyond.

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