CW Indicating Chromophore for Decontamination Operations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Amount:
$1,749,840.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-05-C-0046
Agency Tracking Number:
C041-103-0099
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
CBD04-103
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
NOMADICS, INC.
1024 S. Innovation Way, Stillwater, OK, 74074
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
879735579
Principal Investigator
 Martin Leuschen
 Principal Investigator
 (405) 372-9535
 mleuschen@nomadics.com
Business Contact
 Jim Luby
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (405) 372-9535
Email: jluby@nomadics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In Phase I, Nomadics demonstrated that a novel chemical weapon indicating chromophore (CWIC) developed by Professor Tim Swager at MIT will allow equipment to be quickly and easily examined to show any areas of contamination, making targeted decontamination manageable. When exposed to CW agent simulants, CWICs react to become fluorescent under UV stimulation. In the first phase, we implemented a system employing CWICs to indicate whether an area is contaminated by chemical agents. Tests conducted on military-type assets proved the feasibility of this approach. In Phase II, we will extend the research to enhance sensitivity and to optimize the process to support military operations and to reduce risks to the environment, the public, and allied warfighters. An especially important feature of these chromophores is that they have been shown to be responsive only to chemicals that are in fact hazardous even if they are not typically considered CW agents. Similarly, because the CWICs respond only to reactive materials, they are not subject to interference even from compounds that normally serve as surrogates for CW agents. Thus, the proposed work should lead to development of an effective system for assessing CW agent contamination.

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