Breathable Clothing Material for Chemical Agent Protection for the Soldier

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAD19-02-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number: A013-0011
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
VENTANA RESEARCH
831 North Camino Miramonte, Tucson, AZ, 85716
DUNS: 042394853
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Lombardi
 President
 (520) 325-0440
 ventanaresearch@qwest.net
Business Contact
 John Lombardi
Title: President
Phone: (520) 325-0440
Email: ventanaresearch@qwest.net
Research Institution
 THE UNIV. OF ARIZONA
 David F O'Brien
 Department of Chemistry
Tucson, AZ, 85721
 (520) 621-6098
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This proposal entails the fabrication of selective permeable reverse microemulsion derived elastomeric membranes which are fabricated using rapid prototyping (RP) techniques. Rp offers a significant advantage in that it is capable of forming membraneshaving controlled porosity and microstructural architectures on a three dimensional level rather than the two dimensional level attained by conventional membrane fabrication routes. Furthermore, this work also details the synthesis of new, highflexibility liquid crystalline copolymer membrane materials exhibiting predicted lower permeability than conventional butyl elastomer.The ability to fabricate transparent controlled porosity and selectively permeable membranes will have tremendouscommercial utility. First these materials could find use in chemical process industries as improved gas or liquid purification/separation membranes. An example of this could involve the removal of trace organics from water or water impurities from engineoil. These membranes could also be used as an effective means of separating viruses or bacteria from drinking water. Finally these selectively permeable membranes may find use as bandages for severe burn victims due to its ability to readily allowperspiration evaporation yet prevent dirt contact with the wounds while they heal.

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