Reactive Fluorescent Sensors for Detecting CW Agents at Sub-Chronic Levels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911NF-04-C-0043
Agency Tracking Number: C041-102-0103
Amount: $69,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD04-102
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
1024 S. Innovation Way, Stillwater, OK, 74074
DUNS: 879735579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Greg Frye-Mason
 Principal Investigator
 (405) 372-9535
Business Contact
 James Luby
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (405) 372-9535
Research Institution
None of the current chemical warfare (CW) agent sensors or field test kits has sufficient sensitivity to detect nerve and blister agents at allowable exposure level (AEL) concentrations. Thanks to a remarkable chromophore developed by Professor Timothy Swager at MIT, Nomadics believes that we can achieve these detection levels in a small, low-cost sensor. Recently, Nomadics has demonstrated an exciting new fluorescence-based chemical warfare agent sensor that provides very high sensitivity with a unique selectivity to the toxicity of these agents. The platform is soon to be tested against live agents and has not responded to any potential interferent other than substances which are themselves hazardous materials. Because the chromophores are so sensitive, use a dark-field detection mechanism, require only simple optics and electronics, and because of Nomadics' extensive experience in developing low-cost, sensitive, rugged field instruments, we expect to be able to demonstrate a functional model in Phase I that will confirm the system's potential as a practical handheld CW agent detector.

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