Residue-Free Decontamination Wipes With Reactive Nanoparticles
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NANOSCALE MATERIALS, INC.
1310 Research Park Drive, Manhattan, KS, 66502
AbstractMilitary equipment requires rapid and thorough means of decontamination from chemical warfare agents (CWAs) so that it can return to safe and usable condition. Current decontaminants include powdered sorbents that leave residues that impair the performance of sensitive equipment such as optics and electronics. A decontamination wipe that leaves no residue is required. NanoScale Materials, Inc. (NanoScale®) proposes development of decontaminant wipes in which its proprietary sorbent, NanoActive® TiO2, is contained within fabrics that do not release particulates. In this way the strong ability of NanoActive TiO2 to destructively adsorb CWAs can be utilized in a way that leaves no residue. In Phase I, NanoScale will evaluate the properties of fabrics to determine which best transfer CWA simulants from contaminated surfaces to NanoActive TiO2. The tendency of these fabrics to leave residues and scratches on surfaces will be determined. Prototype decontamination wipes will be constructed, and the wipes will be tested for ability to decontaminate surfaces without damage to materials or transferring contamination to other surfaces. NanoScale is a leader in first-response decontamination of CWAs and other toxic compounds. NanoActive TiO2 has demonstrated excellent capacity to permanently destroy CWAs, their simulants, and other hazardous materials.
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