Technologies to Defeat Improvised Explosive Devices (IED's)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0381
Agency Tracking Number: N042-901-0443
Amount: $99,745.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-901
Solicitation Number: 2004.2
Small Business Information
12085 Research Dr Ste N, Suite N, Alachua, FL, 32615
DUNS: 073438462
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Talton
 President and CEO
 (386) 462-9663
Business Contact
 James Talton
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (386) 462-9663
Research Institution
In this Phase I SBIR Proposal, Nanotherapeutics, Inc. proposes to demonstrate the improved proximity detection of hexamethylene triperoxidediamine (HMTD) and triacetone triperoxide (TATP) explosives using its proprietary NanobreathTM preconcentrator and 4-SAW array. The NanobreathTM 4-SAW Array, a novel, portable, rapid gas chromotography (GC) system, currently being developed for medical testing and diagnosis, will be evaluated for the rapid detection of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED's) at safe distances. While most conventional explosives detectors rely on the presence of nitrogen groups in the explosive molecule to obtain a positive response, non-nitrogen containing HMTD and TATP peroxide explosives present a serious challenge to detection and neutralization by counter-terrorism and security forces. Nanotherapeutics proposes to (1) evaluate different concentrations of HMTD and TATP in ambient air, (2) evaluate different preconcentrator adsorbant materials and air collection volumes for proximity sampling, and (3) evaluate different chemoselective polymer coatings on surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors to measure the linear response range and limit of detection (LOD). It is proposed to demonstrate the feasibility of the NanobreathTM system for improved proximity detection in the Phase I Project towards the development of a robust commercializable explosive detection system in the Phase II Project.

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