Ceramic encapsulated nanoparticle-based covert taggants for tracking of materiel

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-06-C-0124
Agency Tracking Number: A064-007-0187
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-T007
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
400 Apgar Drive, Suite E, Somerset, NJ, 08873
DUNS: 042939277
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stein Schreiber Lee
 (732) 868-3141
 slee@neicorporation.com
Business Contact
 Ganesh Skandan
Title: CEO
Phone: (732) 868-3141
Email: gskandan@neicorporation.com
Research Institution
 CORNELL IUNIV.
 Vicki Dann
 Sponsored Program Services
Ithaca, NY, 14853
 (607) 255-0655
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We propose to develop nanoparticle-based taggants that are stable and non-toxic, and are capable of producing UV, visible and IR signatures. Combining nanoparticles with different compositions will provide the ability to produce a multitude of unique markers, each specific to a certain combination of nanoparticles. The proposed program to develop covert taggant particles builds upon recent research by our University STTR partner, who has developed core-shell structured non-toxic and highly fluorescent nanoparticles. The ceramic outer shell imparts stability to the nanoparticles against the ambient, including moisture and temperature extremes, thereby overcoming barriers associated with the use of organic dyes. The proposed effort also builds upon work done at NEI Corporation, where we have developed and commercialized processes for producing core-shell nanoparticles, along with surface modification technologies to render nanoparticles compatible with the matrix in which they are dispersed. The Phase I program will deliver to the Army sample quantities of nanoparticles with the desired fluorescent and adhesion characteristics. The emphasis of the Phase I effort will be on incorporating different chromophores within the nanoparticles, and characterizing the spectral response, along with rendering the particle ensemble adherent. A provider of covert tagging technology solutions is a partner in this effort as well, thereby providing an early path to implementing the technology in the field.

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