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Reactive Nanoparticles as Destructive Adsorbents for Biolog

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 40203
Amount: $98,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1998
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1500 Hayes Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Klabunde
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Business Contact
 Kenneth Klabunde
Phone: () -
Research Institution
 Kansas State University
 R.W. Trewyn 
2 Fairchild,
Manhattan, KS 66506
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

The objective of this Phase I is to demonstrate the use of Reactive Nanoparticles (RNP) for the decontamination/sterilization of biological agents and their mimics. Recent studies have shown that RNPs are very effective for chemical agent decontamination at ambient or higher temperature. Examples include paraoxon, VX, half mustard and HD. RNPs themselves are generally made of non-toxic magnesium, calcium, or iron oxide powders. In nanoparticle form they have very high surface areas, with highly reactive and desiccating properties, which make them promising for biological decontamination of biological agents. Furthermore, a new, proprietary RNP-chlorine adduct has been prepared that has added ptotential. Preliminary studies on Bacillus globigii spores (a heat resistant simulant for biological warfare agents) have been promising. RNPs are light, non-toxic powders that can be stored almost indefinitely, and should be easy to deploy in battlefield conditions.

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