Residue-Free Decontamination Wipes With Reactive Nanoparticles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-07-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number:
C061-109-0079
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
CBD06-109
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
NANOSCALE MATERIALS, INC.
1310 Research Park Drive, Manhattan, KS, 66502
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
946856804
Principal Investigator:
Franklin Krohn
Senior Scientist
(785) 537-0179
fkroh@nanmatinc.com
Business Contact:
Aaron Madison
VP Finance and Controller
(785) 537-0174
amadison@nanmatinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Military 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® Corporation 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 demonstrated the feasibility of its residue-free decontamination wipes. In Phase II, these wipes will be optimized for military use. Prototype decontamination wipes will be constructed using pilot-scale equipment, similar to full-scale manufacturing equipment but smaller. The prototype wipes will be tested with real CWAs for ability to decontaminate surfaces without damage to materials. 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. Midwest Research Institute has facilities and expertise for working with CWAs.

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