Chemical/Biological Decontamination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8103-04-C-0130
Agency Tracking Number: F041-258-2351
Amount: $99,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-258
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
METSS CORP.
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, 43082
DUNS: 877299446
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Heater
 Senior Engineer
 (614) 797-2200
 kheater@metss.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: President
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Email: kheater@metss.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
As early as World War I, chemical warfare agents (CWA), both vesicants (HD) and nerve agents (GB, GD, VX), were used against enemy forces. Since that time, a significant investment has been made in research involved with the development of protective equipment, antidotes to CWAs, and decontamination methods, chemicals and equipment. The primary methods of decontamination involve the actual physical removal of the material by absorption onto other materials or washing/flushing with water or chemical and biological decontamination agents. Physical removal is non-specific and is effective if only it can be accomplished quickly and thoroughly. When using chemical decontaminants, there is always the concern that the decontaminant may result in additional damage to personnel and equipment. This is certainly a concern when decontaminating critical components or materials, which have been submitted for repair or refurbishment from an operating field location. Under this program, METSS proposes to modify VHPr (vapor phase hydrogen peroxide) technology pioneered by Steris Corporation with the addition of other vapor phase oxidizing and/or reducing agents to develop a process which will safely and quickly decontaminate parts and other critical aircraft components.

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