Microbial Detectors of Explosives

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9132V-06-C-0028
Agency Tracking Number: A064-025-0268
Amount: $99,967.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-T025
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
INFOSCITEX CORPORATION
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vladimir Gilman
 (781) 890-1338
 vgilman@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
 TEXAS A&M UNIV.
 David Hollingsworth
 3000 TAMU
College Station, TX, 77843
 (979) 862-1696
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The presence of residual explosive materials in areas previously used as ranges by the US military presents a significant safety and environmental health hazard. Current methods of detecting explosives in soils require extensive soil and/or water sampling and analysis using portable laboratories. These impose significant cost and time burdens during the site remediation process. In this Phase I program, Infoscitex Corporation (IST), Texas A&M University (TAMU), and the University of Rhode Island (URI) propose the development of a new microbial detector for explosives. This detector will contain microorganisms that react specifically with targeted energetic materials (EM) and reveal their presence via intensive fluorescence. Experimental efforts will focus on development of microorganisms, production of microbial sensors, and validation on a selected energetic material.

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