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Bulk Composite Materials for Detection of Gamma Radiation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-08-P-0033
Agency Tracking Number: T081-005-0053
Amount: $99,691.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA08-005
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-12-31
Small Business Information
657 S. Mechanic Street
Pendleton, SC 29670
United States
DUNS: 112087726
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey DiMaio
 Technology Manager
 (864) 903-9009
Business Contact
 Earl Wagener
Title: CEO
Phone: (864) 653-4339
Email: earl.wagener@tetramertechnologies.c
Research Institution

The objective of this proposal is to develop enabling technology for the production of bulk scintillating nanocomposites that have gamma radiation detection properties of single crystal NaI but with the manufacturability of plastic scintillators. These performance criteria may be met by developing nanoparticle polymer composites with ultra-high nanoparticle loadings. These ‘ultra-composites’ would contain the minimum quantity of organic binder necessary to retain suitable mechanical and optical properties. In addition, the development and incorporation of polymers composed of high Z atoms will increase the stopping power of these materials. This increased stopping power from the polymer matrix will allow for more flexibility in the required nanoparticle loading level to obtain sufficient nanocomposite stopping power. While the specific scintillation materials used in this program are CdSe and CeF3, it should be stressed that this technology is applicable to all types of nanoparticles for scintillation.

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