Plasmonic Nanosensors for Chemical Warfare Agents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-13-C-0051
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5005
Amount: $489,460.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-019
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
MKS Technology
PO Box 74, Centennial, WY, -
DUNS: 830205980
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Keith Carron
 President
 (307) 760-9907
 kcarron@wysri.com
Business Contact
 Bryan Ray
Title: Director of Business Deve
Phone: (307) 399-0408
Email: bray@wysri.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
This project will develop an integrated nanoplasmonic sensor Raman device to detect chemical warfare agents. The Raman device will be designed and produced by MKS Technology and will be cell-phone sized for portability. The device will: operate from 2-AA batteries; have a touch screen user-interface; will have Bluetooth connectivity, and will be ruggedized to MIL-STD-810G. The reader will have a raster scan system to permit high laser power excitation with the (NPMs) nanoplasmonic materials. The NPMs will be produced by iFyber and will have oxime coatings to react with the CW agent and enhance the sensitivity through resonance enhancement in addition to the plasmonic enhancement. The NPMs will be composed of a porous substrate with grafted nanoparticles that produce>107 enhancements. The porosity will permit forced air sampling to increase sensitivity. We will also begin work with Kodak to scale up the NPM production. The device and substrates will be evaluated and optimized at Northwestern University. Northwestern will use its advanced LSPR (localized-surface-plasmon-resonance) spectrometer to measure the efficacy of the iFyber materials and they will use their Raman systems to measure accurate enhancement factors. Northwestern will examine alternate materials as a risk reduction from the iFyber sole source.

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