Biologically Inspired Luminescent Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,969.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-04-M-5405
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-145-0250
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-145
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
UES, INC.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH, 45432
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
074689217
Principal Investigator:
Melanie Tomczak
Research Scientist
(937) 426-6900
mtomczak@ues.com
Business Contact:
Francis Williams, Jr.
Contracts Manager
(937) 426-6900
fwilliams@ues.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Technologies for security marking and anti-tamper devices are effective, however current devices leave behind evidence that Air Force personnel were in a specific zone and can add a considerable weight to the load carried by Air Force personnel. Taking inspiration from nature, we propose a biodegradable marking and anti-tamper device that utilizes firefly luciferase and its natural substrate, luciferin, to emit light through bioluminescence. Luciferase and luciferin will be physically separated in a light weight, biodegradable matrix and will luminesce only after proper activation.

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