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Liquid Crystal-based Sensors for Detection of Airborne Toxic Chemicals for Integration with Unmanned Robotic Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-14-C-0165
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5747
Amount: $999,975.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A13A-T004
Solicitation Number: 2013.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-09-30
Small Business Information
5520 Nobel Drive Suite 100
Madison, WI 53711
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Timothy Burland
 Chief Operating Officer
 (608) 237-1274
 tburland@platypustech.com
Business Contact
 Anne Whalen
Title: Director of Finance&Admin
Phone: (608) 237-1272
Email: awhalen@platypustech.com
Research Institution
 University of Wisconsin-Madison
 Larry Westby
 
Research & Sponsored Programs 21 N Park Street, Suite 6401
Madison, WI 53711
United States

 (608) 262-0927
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

In Phase I we successfully reached all goals and milestones in developing liquid crystal sensors that detected 100 ppb of each of four target gases (DMMP, hydrogen sulfide, nitrogen dioxide and ammonia) within 60 seconds. In Phase II, we propose to expand this detection capability to a total of seven gases, adding volatile organic compounds, chlorine and half-mustard to the set. We then propose to develop three types of sensors for three gases (threshold, semi-quantitative and quantitative), develop a subsystem for integration of threshold sensors into unmanned vehicles, and test one of the sensors on the ARA Pointman robot. Our first target product for Phase II is a threshold sensor for hydrogen sulfide suitable for integration with unmanned ground vehicles.

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