Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Tracking of Materiel

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-06-C-0121
Agency Tracking Number: A064-007-0288
Amount: $99,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-T007
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
VOXTEL INC.
12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR, 97005
DUNS: 124348652
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Schut
 (971) 223-5646
 david@voxtel-inc.com
Business Contact
 George Williams
Title: President
Phone: (971) 223-5646
Email: georgew@voxtel-inc.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF OREGON
 James E Hutchison
 Dept. of Chemistry
Eugene, OR, 97403
 (541) 346-4228
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The ability to tag and track equipment and other supplies is an important logistical need for military operations. To address the need for covert material taggants, a non-toxic, highly stable nanocrystal quantum dot (NQD) based taggant with covert chromophoric spectral emission signatures will be developed. Based on our experience and ongoing research, strong candidates for initial particle composition and size have been identified and the baseline chromophore/NQD coupling chemistry results in a taggant technology that is both distinct from and superior to contemporary solutions, in terms of the number of unique taggants, the distinguishability of tags, and their long term environmental stability. It is also non-toxic, and therefore adheres to the increasing worldwide regulations against toxic materials. During Phase I, a series of taggants will be synthesized and the taggants ability to be easily applied to a variety material, including fabric, by simple methods, such as aerosol spray will be demonstrated. The NQD-chromophor taggant, as well as the delivery technology will then be optimized for both response function and environmental stability. Our strong expertise in functional nanoparticle synthesis, ink chemistry, and optoelectronic systems gives us great confidence that our proposed solution will meet the Army’s application requirements.

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