Plasmonic Nanosensors for Chemical Warfare Agents

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$489,460.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-13-C-0051
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5005
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-019
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
MKS Technology
PO Box 74, Centennial, WY, -
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
830205980
Principal Investigator:
Keith Carron
President
(307) 760-9907
kcarron@wysri.com
Business Contact:
Bryan Ray
Director of Business Deve
(307) 399-0408
bray@wysri.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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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