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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$98,607.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911SR-10-P-0034
Agency Tracking Number:
A10A-018-0073
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10T018
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NanoScale Materials, Inc.
1310 Research Park Drive, Manhattan, KS, 66502
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
946856804
Principal Investigator:
Slawomir Winecki
Senior Scientist
(785) 537-0179
slawek@NanoScaleCorp.com
Business Contact:
Aaron Madison
Vice President Finance and Amonistr
(785) 537-0179
amadison@NanoScaleCorp.com
Research Institution:
University of Vermont
Christopher Landry
Cook Physical Science Building
82 University Pl.
Burlington, VT, 5405
(802) 656-0270
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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