Antimicrobial Coatings for Medical Shelters

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,975.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QY-10-C-0067
Agency Tracking Number:
A093-168-1143
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-168
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Akron Polymer Systems, Inc.
2990 Gilchrist Road, Suite 2100, Akron, OH, 44305
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
165284147
Principal Investigator:
Matthew Graham
Vice President Business Development
(330) 794-6359
mgraham@akronpolysys.com
Business Contact:
Frank Harris
CEO
(330) 794-6359
ahunt@akelainc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Approximately 2 million infections are acquired in hospitals annually with a major source of bacterial contamination being frequently touched common surfaces. This problem also exists for Combat Surgical Hospitals. Current anti-bacterial coatings are not suitable for these environments because of human toxicity, low activity, and/or poor adhesion. The goal of this project is to develop a low cost, non-toxic, robust, and versatile anti-microbial system that can be easily applied to a range of surfaces. To achieve this goal, a novel core-shell nanoparticle is proposed. The shell with be chitosan, a well known non-toxic anti-microbial, and a non-toxic acrylic polymer for the core. These materials can be economically prepared with a low cost, single step aqueous based reaction that results in a stable dispersion in water. The aqueous dispersion can be applied to surfaces by a simple spraying procedure. Once applied, the nanospheres will coalesce into a monolithic anti-microbial surface like a latex paint. Efforts will focus on evaluating core materials to maximize the coalescence and adherence of the anti-microbial film on rigid and fabric surfaces. Samples will be prepared and submitted for evaluation.

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