Biologically Inspired Luminescent Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,969.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA8650-04-M-5405
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-145-0250
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-145
Small Business Information
UES, INC.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH, 45432
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
074689217
Principal Investigator
 Melanie Tomczak
 Research Scientist
 (937) 426-6900
 mtomczak@ues.com
Business Contact
 Francis Williams, Jr.
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (937) 426-6900
Email: 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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