Autonomous Airborne Chemical/Biological Cloud Detection Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA2-09-P-0009
Agency Tracking Number: T082-011-0012
Amount: $99,970.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA082-011
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH, 45432
DUNS: 074689217
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Melanie Tomczak
 Research Scientist
 (937) 426-6900
 mtomczak@ues.com
Business Contact
 Bryce Skinn
Title: Business Relations Manager
Phone: (937) 426-6900
Email: bskinn@ues.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Detection of chemical and biological warfare agents in a real-world setting is an increasingly urgent problem. Many of the current state-of-the-art sensors are aqueous based and require large biomolecules, such as antibodies, to achieve binding of the target molecule and subsequent reporting of the binding event. These technical hurdles are a drawback when considering deployment of these technologies to a battlefield situation. Here, we propose a sensor that is based on short peptide sequences that act as ligands for the target(s) of interest. Due to their small size, these ligands are not susceptible to conformational instability and the sensors should have a long lifetime even when deployed. The sensor platform can be interrogated from a stand-off distance and will relay information about the size and trajectory of a CBW plume cloud that it passes through.

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