Microbial Detectors of Explosives

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,967.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9132V-06-C-0028
Agency Tracking Number:
A064-025-0268
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
A06-T025
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
INFOSCITEX CORPORATION
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
Vladimir Gilman
(781) 890-1338
vgilman@infoscitex.com
Business Contact:
William Thompson
Contracts Manager
(781) 890-1338
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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