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Biomimetic production of Xanthommatin Biopigment for Thermally Functional UAV Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-22-P-0071
Agency Tracking Number: A21C-T026-0341
Amount: $172,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A21C-T026
Solicitation Number: 21.C
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-05-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-12-30
Small Business Information
1515 West 2200 South Suite F
Salt Lake City, UT 84119-1441
United States
DUNS: 829431076
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Robert Price
 (801) 915-7973
Business Contact
 Mukund Karanjikar
Phone: (801) 953-1047
Research Institution
 Northeastern University
 Kelly Basner
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-0000
United States

 (617) 373-5866
 Nonprofit College or University

This program will develop a novel, low environment, safety, and occupational health (ESOH) risk coating system capable of mitigating the long wave infrared (LWIR) signature of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This will be achieved through a first in class biosynthetic approach to graft the biosynthetic pathway of the bio-pigment xanthommatin into a microbial host. The pigment produced through this pathway will be used in conjunction with known low ESOH spray coating systems to prove the utility of this pigment to scatter LWIR electromagnetic radiation and reduce the overall LWIR signature of coated UAVs.

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