Marrying Commercial-off-the-shelf and Government-off-the-shelf Equipment for Tracking Chemical Releases

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DACA42-01-C-0001
Agency Tracking Number: A982-2227
Amount: $714,286.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
720-G Lakeview Plaza Blvd., Columbus, OH, 43085
DUNS: 877299446
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Heater
 Senior Engineer
 (614) 842-6600
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: Vice President
Phone: () -
Research Institution
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Abstract
Topical Skin Protectants (TSPs) comprised of perfluorinated polyether oil thickened with PTFE are currently used to protect of military personnel from Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs). The existing TSPs provide an effective physical barrier to CWAs butpossess no destructive capacity toward the CWAs, thus limiting their long-term effectiveness and posing an unnecessary hazard to personnel. The incorporation of catalytically reactive materials capable of neutralizing chemical warfare agents, nerve agentsand/or vesicants, would markedly enhance the efficacy of TSPs and reduce risk to personnel. Under the Phase I SBIR program METSS was able to identify and synthesize several catalytically reactive chemical enzymes capable of neutralizing common CWAsimulants in an extremely time effective manner. Furthermore, METSS was able to incorporate these chemistries into a representative TSP cream formulation and verify enhanced barrier performance through the destruction of test simulants. The results ofthe Phase I program efforts clearly demonstrate the technical feasibility of developing reactive TSPs using chemistries that are commerciality available and readily incorporated into existing TSP formulations. The resultant creams are stable and highlyreactive. METSS will further develop these concepts under an applied Phase II program that will clearly establish a very strong foundation for product commercialization efforts.

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