Polymer-Based Chemical Agent Detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAD19-02-C-0093
Agency Tracking Number: A992-2719
Amount: $698,655.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
NOMADICS, INC.
1024 S. Innovation Way, Stillwater, OK, 74074
DUNS: 042081583
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Larry Hancock
 Research Scientist
 (617) 441-8871
 lhancock@nomadics.com
Business Contact
 Colin Cumming
Title: President
Phone: (405) 372-9535
Email: ccumming@nomadics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Nomadics proposes to build on the success of the amplifying polymer detection systems and Phase I results to develop prototype devices for the detection of select chemical warfare agents. The devices will include a passive badge-type personal exposuremonitor and a battery-powered portable field sensor for chemical warfare agents. The sensor technology is an amplifying fluorescent polymer coupled with a chromophore. The AFP has been demonstrated to detect trace elements of volatile chemicals in theparts per quadrillion range. This extreme level of sensitivity provides superior detection capabilities; further, because this capacity is achieved without the use of expensive, complex drive electronics, very low-cost systems are possible, especially withthe leverage of sacrificing some sensitivity for reduced costs and portability. The devices will be demonstrated using surrogate and actual CW agents.

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