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High Surface-Area Metal Oxide Sorbent for Sampling and Infrared Detection of Water Contaminants

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-10-P-0034
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-018-0073
Amount: $98,607.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T018
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-09-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-03-29
Small Business Information
1310 Research Park Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502
United States
DUNS: 946856804
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Slawomir Winecki
 Senior Scientist
 (785) 537-0179
Business Contact
 Aaron Madison
Title: Vice President Finance and Amonistr
Phone: (785) 537-0179
Research Institution
 University of Vermont
 Christopher Landry
Cook Physical Science Building 82 University Pl.
Burlington, VT 5405
United States

 (802) 656-0270
 Nonprofit College or University

Detection and identification of toxic chemical in water is vital for various military, environmental, and industrial applications. Specifically, the Joint Services have a need for rapid detection of trace levels of chemical contamination in water systems. This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project will focus on the development of a novel detection system for sampling and identification of toxic pollutants in water. The proposed system will be built around single use sensor tubes containing a high surface area metal oxide sorbent with dual purpose: (1) to adsorb, concentrate, and preserve chemical compounds from water passing through the tube, and (2) to allow Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy detection of adsorbed species with sufficient reliability and sensitivity. NanoScale Corporation is uniquely qualified to conduct the proposed program since it has successfully developed scalable and economical manufacturing methods and then commercialized nanocrystalline metal oxides for various applications. NanoScale products have demonstrated high effectiveness in the capture of numerous toxic compounds including chemical warfare agents. The proposed STTR Phase I will be a joint effort between NanoScale and Prof. Christopher Landry’s research group at the University of Vermont (UVM), who will serve as the research institution collaborator. Prof. Landry is an expert in synthesis of inorganic materials, including mesoporous sorbents.

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