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Open Call for Science and Technology Created by Early-Stage (e.g. University) Teams

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-19-P-A074
Agency Tracking Number: F19B-001-0098
Amount: $25,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19B-T001
Solicitation Number: 2019.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-06
Small Business Information
1110 S. Innovation Way, Stillwater, OK, 74074
DUNS: 081134626
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anuradha Singh
 (405) 740-3165
 anuradha.singh@weaver-labs.com
Business Contact
 Joel Roark
Phone: (405) 377-4322
Email: joel.roark@weaver-labs.com
Research Institution
 Oklahoma State University
 Jimmie Weaver
 203 Whitehurst Hall
Stillwater, OK, 74078
 (405) 744-3966
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This project aims to develop material that can selectively bind fluorinated contaminants via surface modification of a proprietary material.Specifically, the project will focus on the removal of perfluoocatnoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) which have been widely used for numerous purposes given their unique physical properties.The molecules tend to be both water, oil, and dirt-repellant, and fire-retardant among many things.As such, these molecules were applied in many commercial applications, including both non-stick cookware and fire suppressing aqueous film forming foams.Unfortunately, little foresight was given to the fact that these same properties make these chemicals persistent in the environment. Recently, they have been linked to numerous health issues.Weaver Labs has developed a Fluor-Mop material that is selective for PFOS and PFOA even in the presence of naturally occurring obscurant compounds which are in higher concentrations in the environment relative to PFOS/PFOA typically and competitively bind to materials like activated carbon the current material of choice for adsorption.

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