Emzyme-Polymers for Nerve Agent Decontamination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41365
Amount: $98,623.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 19097, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Keith E. Lejeune, Ph.d.
 (412) 624-9631
Business Contact
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Research Institution
This Phase I research proposal is directed at demonstrating the feasibility of decontaminating nerve agents on sensitive surfaces and equipment using enzyme-containing polymers. Nerve agent hydrolyzing enzyme polymers have distinct advantages over conventional technologies for agent degradation as they are compatible with biological tissues and wound sites, highly specific for chemical agents, and evnironmentally friendly. The Phase I work plan was devised to illustrate the viability of covalently incorporating enzymes within a polyurethane polymer matrix and optimizing enzyme specific activity retention within high quality polymer fabrics. Numerous enzymes including organophosphorus hydrolases, cholinesterases, and organophosphorus acid anhydrolases will be simultaneously incorporated within the same polymer to maximize the nerve agent degrading capacity of the material. Successful accomplishment of the specific aims of the proposal will provide proof of concept of the usefulness of nerve agent degrading polymers containing multiple enzymes. Nerve agent degrading polymers will have broad-based utility for the US armed forces as well as the anti-terrorism domestic preparedness community.

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