Improved M8 Chemical Agent Detector Paper for Facilities Monitoring

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Amount:
$1,088,299.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911SR-12-C-0052
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
C2-0364
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
CBD11-103
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
689 Odlin Road, Bangor, ME, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
171899805
Principal Investigator:
Eric Roy
Senior Research Scientist
(866) 269-8007
eric.roy@ossmaine.com
Business Contact:
Luke Doucette
Vice President, OSS
(866) 269-8007
luke.doucette@ossmaine.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The objective of this Phase II project is to design, build, and test a prototype self reporting detection system that utilizes a ruggedized version of M8 chemical agent detection paper for detecting and reporting potential liquid chemical warfare attacks at fixed military sites and installations. During Phase I of this project, a robust, superhydrophobic and oleophilic coating was successfully developed, applied and tested on M8 paper. These tests demonstrated that this ruggedized and improved version of M8 detection strips was able to aggressively repel water and dirt, while still allowing chemical warfare agents to rapidly penetrate the coating and produce the expected color changes on the underlying paper. The proposed detection system for Phase II work will exploit these new capabilities, and will primarily involve the construction and testing of an automated detection system network containing transduction hardware and software capable of reading and self reporting color changes on the coated M8 test strips due to CWA interactions. The self reporting detection system network will be able to continuously monitor military facilities for CWA attacks and report positive alarms to military personnel in real time, thereby facilitating interoperability with integrated base defense and mobile force protection needs.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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