High efficiency up- and down-converting infrared nanoparticles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-5129
Agency Tracking Number: F11B-T24-0228
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF11-BT24
Solicitation Number: 2011.B
Small Business Information
Nanocomposix, Inc.
4878 Ronson CT STE K, San Diego, CA, -
DUNS: 159070825
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Sebba
 Senior Scientist
 (858) 354-0017
Business Contact
 Steven Oldenburg
Title: President
Phone: (619) 890-0704
Email: steven.oldenburg@nanocomposix.com
Research Institution
 Professor Michael Sailor
 MIchael Sailor
 Dept of Nanoengineering, UCSD
9500 Gilman Drive, m/c 0358
La Jolla, CA, 92093-2093
 (858) 534-5007
 Nonprofit college or university
ABSTRACT: The ability to track and identify personnel, vehicles, and equipment is becoming an increasingly important component of military missions. A number of taggants that can be covertly attached to a target have recently been developed. To increase the operational advantage provided by taggants, it is possible to encode IR taggants with optical signatures which upconvert or downconvert incident radiation by 100 nm or more to reduce the likelihood of signal interception. During the Phase I research period we will develop high efficiency IR taggants which upconvert or downconvert short-wave infrared incident radiation by more than 100 nm. The taggant brightness, photostability, and ease of detection will be measured at various distances on a variety of materials and under different environmental conditions. BENEFIT: Optically efficient IR taggants which upconvert or downconvert incident radiation by 100 nm or more will provide a significant advantage in covert tagging and tracking. The taggants will be bright, photostable, environmentally stable, nontoxic, and be detectable at large stand off distances. Taggants will be compatible with aerosol or solvent based dissemination formats. Taggants developed under this program will also have other potential applications including biomedical and diagnostic applications.

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