Ceramic encapsulated nanoparticle-based covert taggants for tracking of materiel

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$749,883.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-07-C-0106
Award Id:
78037
Agency Tracking Number:
A064-007-0187
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
400 E Apgar Drive, Somerset, NJ, 08873
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
042939277
Principal Investigator:
GaneshSkandan
Chief Executive Officer
(732) 868-3141
gskandan@neicorporation.com
Business Contact:
GaneshSkandan
Chief Executive Officer
(732) 868-3141
gskandan@neicorporation.com
Research Institute:
CORNELL UNIV.
Diana West
120 Day Hall
Ithicha, NY, 14853 2801
(607) 255-0655
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Phase I program combined the technologies at Cornell and NEI, and demonstrated the feasibility of novel composite nanoparticle-based taggants for purposes of covert identification. The nanoparticles are an alternative to dyes, inks and other materials used as invisible markers. Key features of the composite nanoparticles are that the fluorescence and environmental stability are substantially enhanced relative to the free dye. The nanoparticles are non-toxic and lend themselves to be processed for a variety of end-user applications. Specifically, in Phase I, we began developing taggant particles with two different nanoparticle microstrutures, and the particle surface was modified to impart unique adhesive characteristics. The nanoparticles were characterized using spectroscopic and visual techniques. The Phase II program will build upon these results and focus on tailoring the structure and composition of the taggant nanoparticles to render them ready for implementation in the field. This will involve appropriate choice of dye molecules, tailoring size of nanoparticles and attaching the desired surface functionality on the surface. In addition, the synthesis processes will be scaled so as to deliver test quantities of material to the Army as well as our industrial partners.

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